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Tea with the Bees: Tea, Tales and a Bee Safari
May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This session is our contribution to the annual Meadowlark Festival; visit their website to reserve your spot.
Join us for an afternoon of refreshments and tall tales from an artist (Lori Weidenhammer) and a scientist (Lincoln Best) who love to share their passion for bees of all stripes. Lori will talk about her adventures as an educator and performer, dressing up in silly costumes to teach people of all ages about bees. Lincoln will share his thrilling adventures chasing cougars and bears in the pursuit of studying bees in rugged and exotic locations and discovering new bee species in British Columbia. We’ll head into the gardens for a short bee safari, catching and releasing some very beautiful local pollinators.
Lori Weidenhammer is a Vancouver performance-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. She is originally from a tiny hamlet called Cactus Lake, Saskatchewan. It is in this place, bordered by wheat fields and wild prairie, that she first became enchanted with bees. She is the author of a new book called Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees published by Douglas and MacIntyre. For the past several years she has been appearing as the persona Madame Beespeaker, practicing the tradition of “telling the bees”. As a food security volunteer and activist Lori works with students of all ages on eating locally and gardening for pollinators. On occasion, she likes to wear strange costumes and talk to bees.
Lincoln Best began surveying pollinators and other insects in the Okanagan over 15 years ago. This work has provided records for more than 400 native bee species in the region, doubling the known fauna, and led to the discovery of several species new to science with many more awaiting description. He has studied bees and their floral relationships from Haida Gwaii to Newfoundland, and from Mexico to Florida in North America, and through Europe, Asia, and Australia. Originally from the Cariboo, Lincoln prefers to call the west home, and works as an academic, educator, and consultant. His passion is observing and documenting the relationships between native bees and plants, and you’ll often find him camped in the hills of the southern Okanagan, butterfly net in hand, watching the wild flowers and pollinators move through their annual progression.
The Grist Mill and Gardens is a provincial heritage site dedicated to Western Canada’s only working waterwheel-powered flour mill and features a restaurant, campground, lovely gardens and more.