Bee Gardening Resources After the Haven

Bee Gardening Resources After the Haven

Feed Bees banner at the UC Davis Bee Haven

As mentioned in my post of May 1, my position at the Haven is being eliminated. Recognizing that the need for bee gardening information will remain, this post is a summary of resource materials, web sites, and nurseries that you may find helpful in the future. This information is not comprehensive, and some of the recommendations --such as the plant lists-- are California-centered.

Bee books

California Bees and Blooms. Heyday Books. ISBN 978-1-59714-294-6

Insects and Gardens. Timber Press. ISBN 0-88192-504-7. Winner of an American Horticultural Society Book Award, 2002.

Bees, Wasps, and Ants: The Indispensable Role of Hymenopters in Gardens. Timber Press. ISBN 978-0-88192-988-1.

The Bees in Your Backyard. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-16077-1. Available in a Kindle edition and in a spiral-bound edition. Both are great for taking into the garden.


Gardening books

California Native Plants for the Garden. Cachuma Press. ISBN 0-9628505-8-6

Sunset Western Garden Book. Time Life. ISBN 0-376-03920-5

The California Native Landscape. Timber Press. ISBN 978-1-60469-232-7


Web sites

UC Davis Bee Haven:

UC Berkeley Urban Bee Lab:

UC Cooperative Extension San Diego:


Where to buy bee plants. This is not a complete list or a recommendation.

Davis, Dixon, and Woodland

Lemuria Nursery:

Redwood Barn Nursery:

UC Davis Arboretum plant sales:


Sacramento area

Green Acres Nursery & Supply:

The Plant Foundry:    

California Native Plant Society plant sales:


San Francisco Bay area

Annie's Annuals:

Berkeley Horticultural Nursery:

California Flora Nursery.

Cottage Gardens of Petaluma:

Mostly Natives Nursery.

Watershed Nursery:

California Native Plant Society plant sales.


Chico and Redding area

Floral Native Nursery:

Little Red Hen Nursery:

McConnell Arboretum plant sales:

The Plant Barn:

California Native Plant Society plant sales:


Southern California

Tree of Life Nursery:

Las Pilitas Native Plant Nursery:

Theodore Payne Foundation Retail Nursery:

California Native Plant Society plant sales:


Soils and water

UC Davis SoilWeb:

Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS):

By Christine Casey
Author - Academic Program Management Officer III