Bee Garden Information

Bee Plant List
Almond, Prunus dulcis
Allium, Allium
Bell flower, Campanula
Bergamot, Monarda
Blue globe thistle, Echinops
Borage, Borago officinali
Blackberry, Rubus
Blackthorn (Sloe),
Prunus spinosa
Brassicas (left to flower )
Broad bean, Vicia faba
Broom, Cytisus
Candy tuft, Iberis
Canterbury bells, Campanula
Catmint, Nepeta
Chives, Allium schoenoprasum
Columbine, Aquiligia
Comfrey, Symphytum officinalis
Cone flower, Echinacea
Corn flower, Centaurea cyanus
Cosmos, Cosmos bipinnatus
Courgette, Curcubita
Dead nettles, Lamium
Ever lasting sweet pea,
Lathyrus grandiflora
Field garlic, Allium oleraceum
Forget me nots, Myosotis
Fox glove, Digitalis
French marigolds, Tagetes
Geranium (old fashioned
hardy) maculatum
Giant bell flower,
Campanula latifolia
Globe artichoke,
Cynara cardunculus
Golden rod, Solidago
Gorse, Ulex europaeus
Grape hyacinth, Muscari
Hazel, Corylus
Heather, Erica and Ling
Holly, Ilex
Holly hock, Alcea rosea
Honesty, Lunaria annua
Honey suckle, Lonicera
Horse chestnut, Aesculus
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Hyssop, Hyssopus officinalis
Ice plant, Sedum
Ivy, Hedera
Knapweed, Centaurea nigra
Liatris , Liatris spicata
Lavender, Lavandula
Leek, Allium porrum
Love-in –the-mist, Nigella
Lungwort, Pulmonaria
Marigold, Calendula
Mint, Mentha
Musk mallow, Malva moschata
Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus
Oriental poppy,
Papaver orientalis
Poached egg plant,
Linmanthes douglasii
Poppy, Papaver
Potato Vine,
Solanum jasminoides
Primrose, Primula vulgaris
Purple toadflax,Linaria purpurea
Raspberry, Rubus idaeas
Red campion, Silene dioica
Red clover, Trifolium pratense
Red hot poker, Kniphofia
Rocket , Eruca vesicaria
Rosemary, Rosmarinus
Runner bean,
Phaseolus coccineus
Sage, Salvia officinalis
Salvia, Salvia
Scabious, Scabiosa
Snap dragon, Antirrhinum
Strawberry, Fragaria
Sun flower, Helianthus
Sweet pea, Lathyrus
Thrift, Armeria maritime
Thyme, Thymus
Verbena, Verbena bonariensis
Wall flower, Cherianthus
White clover, Trifolium ripens
Wild marjoram,
Origanum vulgare
Wild strawberry, Fragaria vesca
Willow herb, Epilobium
BuzzWorks is run by volunteer beekeepers and
gardeners to increase public awareness of the
importance of bees to the environment and how
to help them thrive. BuzzWorks includes a Bee
Flower Garden, an educational exhibition about
the world of the bee, a demonstration area, a
plant nursery and an apiary.
BuzzWorks is open to visitors for one afternoon
each month between May and September. See for details.
Bee Garden Information
Group visits by arrangement.
Find us on the edge of the Old Hale Way
Allotments, at the end of the
track next to 178 Old Hale Way,
Hitchin SG5 1XT
Car park
To Ickleford
To Hitchin
Town centre
To join the Buzzworks team - or arrange a group
visit - contact Buzzworks Administrator by email
at [email protected]
The garden is part of BuzzWorks Bee Discovery
And many more....
Over 60 of the plants above
are on display in the
BuzzWorks Flower Garden
Hitchin’s Bee
Disabled and limited parking is available at the
site. Please park in Old Hale Way if full.
Centre which includes an exhibition on the world
of the honeybee.
Jan 2015
How Bees make Honey
Bees collect nectar and pollen from flowers.
They carry the nectar back to the hive in
their honey stomachs and pollen in pollen
baskets on their hind legs. The nectar is
stored in wax cells, where the bees
evaporate the excess water and add
enzymes to make honey. The honey provides
food for the bees over winter enabling the
colony to survive from year to year. Watch
bees at work in the Observation Hive .
Bee Friendly Gardens
Gardens and allotments can provide the
diversity of plants needed to feed bees
continually from February to the end of
October. Plant a variety of annuals, biannuals and perennials in large groups,
including vegetables, fruit trees and shrubs.
Ponds with pebble or gravel banks enable the
bees to drink safely from pockets of warm
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Honey bees on a poached egg plant & a wild bee on comfrey
Why honeybees and wild bees need your help
In the last 50 years the habitat for wild
bees and beneficial flowering plants has
been greatly reduced. The number of
honeybee colonies has also declined over the
last 20 years since the arrival of varroa
mites to the UK, which transmit viruses that
lower bees’ resistance to disease. Honey
bees cannot now survive without beekeepers
to look after them and flowers to feed from.
Add plants that are rich
in pollen and nectar to
your garden
Everlasting sweet pea
Lathyrus grandiflora
Hardy, perennial climber,
up to 1.5m. Dark or pale
pink flowers. Needs sun
and good drainage.
Sow from March/May or Sept/Nov.
Lightly fork and rake over weed free soil. Sow in
clusters of 5 – 10 seeds over an area of about 20 cm
square. Or sow in a 20 cm pot to plant out April/May.
Water the area well and again in dry weather. Grow
next to a supporting structure
Collect your own seed for next year
Sweet pea seeds are formed in pods; collect the
pods just before they split open. Put in an envelope
and store in a cool dry place.