August 2012

MOBOT announces fall class lineup

Sign up soon to get a spot!

Though I haven’t been to the Missouri Botanical Gardens in years—in fact, the last time I went I was little and it was called Shaw’s Garden—I really look forward to starting to regularly go this fall. I wish we were residents of St. Louis county so we could go for free every Wednesday, but we’re just outside the county. Still, membership beckons me—did you know that your membership there also covers the Butterfly House and Shaw Nature Reserve?—and we may just have to scrape together enough money to join, especially if I love it as much as I used to.

Todays MOBOT is much more community centered than when I was little, with a children’s garden, Chinese lantern festivals, and so many other things to do. They also host dozens of classes every year for all ages, which are fairly affordable (around $18 each for children, which is a bit out of our price range at the moment). Members also get discounts.

Help the honeybees

Here’s an easy how-to guide to follow.

As most of us know, if the bees are to disappear, we are likely to follow. We don’t have to sit idly by while they die out to whatever pesticides and herbicides and other poisons humans throw at them, however; we can all do our part to help keep honeybees alive and well.

One thing we can do is to argue against pesticide and herbicide use commercially, as well as to not use these chemicals on our own. These two things are probably the most important actions we can take to save bees. But there are plenty of other things we can do, too, such as…

Download the honeybee toolkit. This kit is full of great ideas to help us all save bees, whether it’s creating a haven for the bees themselves or to talk to our neighbors about helping the insects. You can get your own honeybee toolkit here.