Katrina Forstner, founder of Buzz and Dig, will introduce you to the amazing world of native bees and how to attract them into your garden as valuable pollinators for flowers and edibles. This Buzz and Dig workshop demonstrates methods for pollination and planning for bee habitat, including bee-attracting plants and how to encourage urban biodiversity. Along with a garden tour and display of ‘bee hotels’, attendees will each make a bee hotel using recycled materials. Katrina will share her knowledge and skills to get you started in setting up a bee-friendly garden.
The Alambee garden has been created as both a productive and pollination paradise in Preston. The garden is full of fruit trees, vegetables, perennial and native flowers and chickens. Over fifteen fruit trees, grapes, berries, and bee-friendly flowers along with bee hotels entice native pollinators in the garden. Find out how this garden thrives as a closed loop system with locally-sourced and donated green waste, integrated managed pest control, and fertiliser courtesy of the backyard chickens. This garden has been part of year-long research undertaken by Melbourne University VEIL urban food project which measured the inputs and outputs of a home garden in the context of a sustainable city food system. Currently, through the ShareWaste app, coffee grounds and kitchen scraps are being weighed with a monthly average of 120kg donated by over 30 local households.
Note: Paved and unpaved paths; not wheelchair or pram accessible.
The ticket price of $30 includes:
A small native bee hotel you construct during the workshop
The address will be advised on booking.