bees in the hive entrance two bees in the hive entrance bee collected pollen Yael and Tal do a homing experiment

Nectarivorous garden

On Tu B'Shevat, January 16, 2014, the campus celebrated the holiday for the trees by planting a garden with plants that are visited by pollinators. Plants were chosen for their attractiveness to bees and their low water requirement, as recommended by Sima Kagan (see recommended bee-plants on her website). This ecological garden will not be treated with chemical fertilizers or pesticides, and is naturally mulched with leaves. It will be a teaching garden, for students from various disciplines, who will monitor pollinator activity, soil quality, insects and micro-organisms. It is located to the right of the main gate on Herzl Street, behind the External Studies building in the direction of our lab.

Come take a look!

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Before...

Before...

After!

Photos from March 10th, 2014 (Almost 2 months after planting)

2 months after planting 2 months after planting 2 months after planting

Photos from June 9th, 2014 (5 months after planting)

5 months after planting - many bees are busy pollinating! 5 months after planting 5 months after planting - many bees are busy pollinating!

Photos from the planting event:

Prof. Shafir, Tania, Karmi, and Yael Katz Haim Harmen The plants that we planted Harmen Shlomo from Facilities Staff of the Faculty Students from the international agriculture course Prof. Shafir introduces the garden Shaul Shuvali - Former Head Gardener (in green) Shmulik - Head Campus Gardener - Directs the planting activity Shmulik - Head Campus Gardener - Introduces the garden