Please join me Wednesday, March 23rd, for my Pollinator Garden program at the Abbot Library, 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead. The program begins at 7:00pm and is sponsored by Marblehead’s three garden clubs, The Driftwood, Cottage, and Marblehead Garden Clubs. I hope to see you there!

Pink flowering dogwood Cornus florida rubra Kim SmithCornus florida rubra ~ The pink flowering dogwood is truly one of our most beautiful native trees, not only for the beauty of its blossoms but because the female Spring Azure butterfly deposits her eggs on the yellow florets.


  1. We had a scary issue at first this way last year the bee’s seemed to be absent for a while and that can be a scary thing plus we love the honey and cone in my tea. The good thing is other insects also pollinate even when not intended! Cherry tree’s when the bee’s are going as music to our ears’! 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂

    ;Morgan Freeman is Now “One With The Bees” Joking with host Jimmy Fallon in the 2014 video clip below that he had essentially become “one with the bees” since he turned his 124-acre ranch in Mississippi into a refuge for them. Freeman has begun beekeeping and spends his days feeding them with sugar and water. His gardener also chips in by planting acres and acres of bee-friendly plants including clover, lavender and magnolia trees. Despite the age of the story, it has been quite popular on social media since being re-shared by the Facebook page

    The Free Thought Project, and stands as another important endorsement of the importance of bees at a time when plenty of help is still needed. Freeman has said that he is especially concerned about the declining numbers in the bee population which is a big part of the reason why he decided to start keeping them. “There’s a concerted effort to bring bees back onto the planet…We do not realize that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet, the vegetation…” he said according to this article. Unfortunately, humans and the chemicals used by companies like Monsanto and Syngenta have been major contributors to bee die-offs. But thanks to Freeman and others like him from urban centers to rural oases taking this problem personally and working to save them in their own unique ways, we may be making some progress. Find out how Freeman becomes “one with the bees,” why he doesn’t even wear a beekeeper’s outfit and more in this clip: –


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