Finding Pollinators While Photographing the Gardens

bumble bee on a light blue flower

As the Graphic Design and Communications Intern at Reiman Gardens, a large part of what I spend my time doing is photographing the plants and displays that are ever-changing in the Gardens. Through photographing different flowers I have also been able to capture the everyday happenings of a garden, including the bees that pollinate many of the flowers. Bees have always freaked me out a bit because of their stinger but through my interactions at the Gardens I have learned just how important they are to many plants.

Bees play an important part in pollination of flowering plants through the collection of pollen. Some bees focus on gathering nectar but they are much more efficient pollinators when they collect pollen instead. It is estimated that one third of the human food supply is dependent on pollination and bees are who make most of this happen.

If you want to learn more about the importance of pollinators, such as bees, and celebrate National Pollinator Week come visit Reiman Gardens on Saturday, June 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 ­­p.m. for Pollinator Fest.