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Laidlaw Facility / Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven

Photo: the gardeners

The gardeners at the haven: Front row (from left) Kili Bong, Davis; Tyng Tyng Cheng, Davis; Missy Gable, Davis; Evan Marczak, 6, Davis (son of Kili Bong); Mary Patterson, Davis; Kristen Kolb, Davis, and mascot Olive. In back (from left) are Nancy Stone, Davis; Laurie Hildebrandt, Woodland; Billy Synk, staff associate research associate and beekeeper at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility; Marion London, Davis; Judy Hills, Davis; and Laura Westrup, Davis. (Among those not pictured: Gary Zamzow, Randy Beaton and Kate McDonald, all of Davis) (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Guided Tours, Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven

Guided Tours Will Begin March 1, 2013
By Christine Casey

Dec. 14, 2012
The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven garden has attracted good friends!  A team of 16 highly skilled gardeners generously give their time on Friday mornings to maintain the garden as a space that is beautiful and buzzing with activity. 

The half-acre garden needs regular maintenance to weed, prune shrubs for maximum blooms, check irrigation lines, add new plants, harvest seasonal produce and more. 

Remarkably, the volunteer gardeners see to all of these tasks one morning a week and they do it simply as a labor of love.  Like the bees, they are both busy and efficient!

Says volunteer Randy Beaton: “The garden is so vital and alive that it's a pleasure to keep it going and watch it thrive.  The proof is there to see and watch as all the bees, butterflies and birds sample gifts from the garden.  It's very rewarding to be able to see the results of our hard work.”

When it comes to this volunteer group, they are all about having fun.  Discussions about gardening practices, insects, catching up on families and other activities make the hard work seem easy.  The passion for gardening and pollinators is clear at the Haven and the Department of Entomology owes the volunteers tremendous credit for keeping such a greatly enjoyed garden looking outstanding! 

Garden tours resume March 1, 2013.  Group tours last 40 minutes and are ideal for school groups, service clubs, community groups, or anyone interested in learning more about pollinator gardening.  A fee of $4 per person supports garden improvements. 

Contact Christine Casey,, for more information.

Fast Facts:
Location: Bee Biology Road, west of the UC Davis campus.
Directions: See link and campus map on Laidlaw website. West Hutchison is the main artery, then turn on Hopkins Road and Bee Biology Road.
Hours: Open from dawn to dusk
Admission: Free admission for self-guided tours.
For guided tours, admission is $4 per person. Contact Christine Casey at