The parking structure built in the 1970's for additional parking and as a turn around was taken down today. It was slowly collapsing over the past few months. We relocated our bees that had been housed on the site to a new site on the east side of the creek near the greenhouse. Removing the structure opens up new views into the hollow below and also opens many possibilities, and we look forward to exploring new ideas for the space.
Chris Bauer, Blake Garden bee keeper installed a new swarm of bees to the new location. Soon we will moving the our other hives over to the new site.
Blake Garden gardener Dawn Kooyumjian discovered something very unusual in the formal section of the garden. The honeybees had blue pollen stuck to the sides of their legs. On further investigation it was discovered that the bees were collecting pollen from the California native, Gilia capitata, blue thimble flower.
After several weeks of processing a log from a stone pine tree that had come down in the garden, students, Rebecca Ewing, Katherine Jensen, Jenika Johnson, Robin Kim, and Lauren Knight from U.C. Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Dept. Detail and Materials in Landscape Construction class, installed their beautiful bench in the formal section of the garden.