We at Bee Better, Inc. promote gardens that don’t follow trends, but gardens that are fully sustainable for life: Family-life and Wild-life. We are plant-centric. When we look at a plant, we ask: What are the benefits? Does it attract pollinators, If so, which ones and how? Does it feed the birds? If so, how, and again, which ones? It’s important for us to stay abreast and attuned to share with our members how a plant will benefit our lives. Our focus is based on our ecoregion, rather than zones. An ecoregion narrows down the wildlife within our region, so we can then concentrate on the plants needed to benefit the LIFE.
Bee Better’s mission is to educate homeowners, and community leaders and developers the importance of sustainable, organic, and water-wise garden design, with a focus on native plants for resident and migrating birds, bees, and butterflies.
Bee Better, Inc. is a non-profit (EIN 811819598), 501(c)(3) based in Raleigh North Carolina. Bee Better’s mission is to help homeowners build better backyards for birds, bees, & butterflies. Our work focuses on ecoregion 231, Southeastern Mixed Forest Province, including the States of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and parts of Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Maryland.
As an educational foundation, Bee Better will share information through a new Bee Better website, workshops held at the JC Raulston Arboretum, speaking engagements to ecoregion communities, and community outreach, as well as private and public tours sharing gardens making a difference to Bee Better in their community.
Funding for Bee Better will be through individual donations, corporate sponsors, workshop fees, and bird and pollinator tours and talks. Donations are welcome.
“It is my hope through education and open gardens; homeowners can see first hand what other like-minded gardeners and nature lovers are doing to Bee Better” Helen Yoest, Director.
To learn more about sponsoring Bee Better, visit our website
We are already planning ahead to host a spring Bee Better tour! Bee Better is looking for gardens within the ecoregion 231.
Bee Better Tour
We are already planning for our Bee Better 2017 spring tour!!
Tickets will be sold on the Bee Better Info website www.BeeBetter.info
We are looking for a few more Bee Better gardens that welcome birds, bees, and butterflies who would like to open for our first Bee Better bird and pollinator tour. Please contact Helen Yoest through the contact form.
Bee Better is an educational foundation, formed to teach homeowners how to attract birds, bees, and butterflies to their gardens.
Each open garden will have a different emphasis for birds, bees, or butterflies; or the garden may represent each.
If you agree to be on tour, we ask that you prepare a handout to share identifying what you do in your garden for the birds, bees, and butterflies. The following are example suggestions.
If you are a bird habitat, explain the cover, nesting sites, food, and water. For example in my bird habitat, I left a snag where the woodpeckers feed and where cavity dwellers can nest. Remember too, mature plants such as conifers, evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs, provide cover. Even if this is all you do, it’s enough to encourage homeowners to understand the benefit. But of course, you will want to do more as you expand your habitat.
If you are a bee habitat, with or without hives, explain the cover, nesting sites, food, and water. Providing a plant list of bee nectar and pollen plants would be ideal. Perhaps show natural nesting sites or ones that you may have provided for the Mason Bees. If you have a hive and are willing to open it for demonstration, that would be awesome. If that is the case, Bee Better recommends listing on the ticket the times the hives will be open. This will be important in two ways, first, to alert those who want to see what is involved with opening a hive and second, alerting the others who want to avoid the hive.
If you are a butterfly habitat, explain the cover, nesting sites, food (host plants and nectar plants), and water. The tour will be late morning through the afternoon so we have plenty of warmth for the butterflies to be out and about (hopefully.)
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The holder of this ticket assumes all risks associated with the “Bee Better—Building Better Backyards for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies” tour, including but not limited to bees, wasp, stairways, slippery areas, and other hazards. Please be careful! Respect any warning signs or sections cordoned off.
The Bee Better tour is meant to share with area gardeners to delights and benefits birds and pollinators bring.
Tickets sold, entrance fee collected, and downloaded from the Bee Better website, www.BeeBetter.Info.