Modification of a community garden to attract native bee pollinators in urban San Luis Obispo, California

  • Published source details Pawelek J.C., Frankie G.W., Thorp R.W. & Przybylski M. (2009) Modification of a community garden to attract native bee pollinators in urban San Luis Obispo, California. Cities and the Environment, 2.


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Plant parks and gardens with appropriate flowers

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Bee Conservation
  1. Plant parks and gardens with appropriate flowers

    Pawelek et al. (2009) added 41 types of 'bee attractive' plants, both native and non-native, to a 4,000 m2 community garden in San Luis Obispo, California and monitored the abundance and diversity of native bees over three years from 2007 to 2009. Plants were planted in 1 ´ 1.5 m patches, in 19 of the 29 plots within the garden, and bees were recorded in 3-minute counts on selected patches, regularly between July and October. The number of bee species recorded rose from five in 2007 (less sampling effort than subsequent years) to 21 in 2008 and 31 (including four non-native species) in 2009. The added plants that attracted the greatest number of wild bee species were blanketflower Gaillardia x grandiflora and bog sage Salvia uliginosa (both non-native, 11 species recorded on each).

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