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Bee-Friendly Gardens

If you are interested in helping out bees, our first suggestion is always planting a bee friendly garden! This is a win/win scenario. Bees can forage on the pollen and nectar they need to survive and gardeners can enjoy a well pollinated garden and the friendly visitors.

The Honey Bee Research Centre has produced a brochure which lists over 90 species of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and vegetable garden plants which are all attractive to a variety of bee species. Some of the plants listed are native, while others are introduced. Most of the species are commonly available.

View our Bee Friendly Garden Brochure Online

Not included in the list are plants which don't suit a home garden, are on the noxious weed list, are a host to crop diseases, or ones which could only be attractive to a beekeeper.


Interested in distributing these brochures for an event? We sell them in quantities of 25 or more at printing cost. Please fill out this order form: Bee-Friendly-Order-Form.pdf

University of Guelph
Honey Bee Research Centre
308 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1