Designed on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013, the award-winning Bee Garden aimed to inspire visitors to plant and provide bee food sources and habitats whatever the size of space or budget. Live demonstrations of honeybee husbandry were undertaken by members of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) where two live hives were sited in the garden, throught the show week.
Gardens are important for bees, in both the countryside and in our towns, providing a rich diversity of plants. You must have been living under a terracotta pot to not have not heard about the plight of our bees, with habitat loss and the effects of disease, headline hitting chemicals and a very long winter. With our gardens, balconies and roof terraces we can help join up the UK with suitable food sources and habitats for all our vitally important bees. The Bee Garden is a haven for pollinators, bursting with ideas to entice bumble, honey and solitary bees with nectar and pollen rich plants and to keep them local, and there’s a host of accommodation options! Haven’t got space for a wildflower meadow? The garden features chic thrifty ideas for even the most ‘bijou’ garden that you’ll be inspired to try at home to keep the sound of summer buzzing.
On a fine summer’s day you kick back and relax, in the dappled shade of a fruit tree, heady scents from nectar rich plants fill the air, whilst the busiest creatures provide the soundtrack as they dance from flower to flower. The chic seating area extends out to the orchard beyond, and the active bees, as a thank you for the diversity of plants provided, have done their part to ensure that come late summer they’ll be a bounty of succulent fruits to enjoy.