Adopt-A-Bee

Adopt-A-Bee 2017-06-26T13:10:34+00:00

 

We are all a buzz about our second annual Adopt-A-Bee, where you get to adopt and name a native bee*! Make a bee’s summer experience unforgettable, as they hone their life skills in botanical identification, woodworking, vegetation maintenance, and end the summer with the ever so exciting Pollination Party. Join us in raising awareness of the importance of the little creatures and their contribution to our local and international food economy!


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The Cactus Bee – $5

Likes – Getting down and dirty, subterranean living, prefers monogamy with prickly pear flowers, flying solo, early summer bungalow renovations, striking land development deals
Dislikes – Roommate situations, cold weather, east coast living, birds or small mammals
Open To – Experimentation with other cacti, communes, heavy-duty home excavations
  • Naming rights to a bee
  • A digital photo of your bee to share with friends and family
  • An invite to the exclusive Pollinator Party on Friday, June 23
Click Here To Adopt Me!

 

 


The Blue Mason Orchard Bee – $20

Likes – Communal living (especially in modern hi-rises), self-sufficiency, defined boundaries with males, a widow lifestyle, prefer “me” time, favorite season is spring, to be waited on like a real queen, hoarding dirt, turn-key living
Dislikes – A male in the house, domestic chores such as making honey or beeswax, working with others, birds and small mammals
Open To – All types of dirt collection, flirting with a variety of flora, new kinds of inter-species experiences
  • Naming rights to a bee
  • A digital photo of your bee to share with friends and family
  • A printed photo of your bee to share with friends and family
  • An invite to the exclusive Pollinator Party on Friday, June 23
Click Here To Adopt Me!

 

 

 


The Leaf Cutter Bee – $55 

Likes – Foraging for their young, tubular crafting, cutting circles, a sick set of abs to carry pollen, working smart not hard, the widow lifestyle for females, when spring has sprung, move-in ready living, small broods
Dislikes –  Communal living, flies, ants and wasps,  hands-on humans, stinging
Open To – Any cavity to lay their eggs, all forms of flora, commercial pollination work
  • Naming rights to a bee
  • An original art project by your bee
  • A photo magnet of your bee
  • A digital photo of your bee to share with friends and family
  • A printed photo of your bee to share with friends and family
  • An invite to the exclusive Pollinator Party on Friday, June 23
  • 2 drink tickets at the Pollinator Party
Click Here To Adopt Me!

 

 

 


The Carpenter Bee – $100

Likes – Woodworking, the smell of sawdust, being large and in charge, keeping it mellow, agave dwelling, loving on desert and mountainous wildflowers, electrostatically-charged legs for pollen collection, sealing in eggs Flowers in the Attic style, a set it and forget it parenting technique, showing spring swagger (males)
Dislikes –  Woody the Woodpecker, roommates,  hands-on humans, stinging (but don’t push their buttons)
Open To – Human home destruction, dead wood, freelance commercial pollination work, communal living
  • Naming rights to a bee
  • An original art project by your bee
  • A photo magnet of your bee
  • A digital photo of your bee to share with friends and family
  • A printed photo of your bee to share with friends and family
  • An invite to the exclusive Pollinator Party on Friday, June 23
  • 4 drink tickets at the Pollinator Party
  • A native bee nursery for your garden
Click Here To Adopt Me!

 

 


Pollinate, Celebrate

As part of your purchase you’ll receive an exclusive invite to the Pollinator Party on Friday, June 23! This is one party you’ll want to make a b-line to. Thanks to Edible Baja Arizona, you get to “meet your bee”* and see their progress. What party would this be without locally-distilled spirit sampling from Three Wells Tequila? Not to mention, The Garden Bistro is hosting a molecular gastronomy bar with bee pollen and honeycomb. Let your palate explore the terroir in honey with the regional honey bar hosted by Dos Manos Apiaries.

New this year! – We are hosting a stunning film about pollinators called Wings of Life by Disneynature. Screening begins around 8:15 p.m. in the Performance Garden after the main party. See the trailer here!

National Pollinator Week

National Pollinator Week (June 19 – 25, 2017) highlights bats, birds, butterflies and bees for their contribution that ensures the survival of our terrestrial ecosystems. It is estimated that 90% of all flowering plants depend on animal pollinators to help them reproduce and that includes about 35% of the world’s food crops – consider that one bite in three at the dinner table depends on animal pollinators. Fruits and vegetables come immediately to mind, but foodstuffs from your cup of coffee in the morning to that glass of wine with an artisanal chocolate bar at the end of the day are also the direct result of animal pollination. In fact, in the United States, the pollination services provided by honey bees and other insects directly impact 150 different food crops and result in $20 billion worth of agricultural products each year.

A bonus to your bee adoption is an exclusive invite to our Pollinator Party on Friday, June 23. The party not only promotes National Pollinator Week, but honors the work of these little winged things. Beyond the enjoying the regional honey bar, samples of Three Wells Tequila and Whiskey del Bac, and molecular gastronomy with bee pollen and honeycomb, we want you to get to know your bees. Meet experts in the community of beekeeping, bee habitat building, and bee knowledge.

Discuss urban beekeeping with Dos Manos Local Apiaries. They are committed to keeping bees using, natural, treatment-free methods, and being a model to show that anybody can keep bees in Tucson, if they want to. This is a great opportunity to see if backyard beekeeping is for you.

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Local Artist, Greg Corman, is displaying a collection of bee habitats to show you how you can make your yard more bee-friendly with sculptural, functional art. Visit all the other Corman bee habitats in our gardens.

 

Greg Corman Functional Art

Greg Corman Functional Art

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*We hope you can appreciate the humor and whimsy in the Adopt-A-Bee Campaign as we make no guarantees in actually being able to tell any bee apart long enough to name one (insert your bee name here). This silly campaign was created as a vehicle to inspire pollinator education and promote why the bee community it so important to our survival. We also hope you will understand that when brainstorming names for your bee you should skip anything rated over PG or containing profanity, and should keep that bee naming skill to yourself. Also, as these bees are wild and do not perform on command we make no guarantees that you can “meet your bee” or shake its tarsal claw. This is all in good fun, enjoy.