Archive for Bees

Want to build little structures in traffic circles?

BirdinProjectRoomMarch 31 is coming – and that’s the important deadline for applying for up to $1000 for a neighbourhood project that will bring your community together.

I’m working on several ideas and looking for people in the Kitsilano area to team up with me.

BeeHereNowMy current favorite idea is combining art + community + environment by doing some workshops and then a celebration for creating small (under 24″!) structures for Green Streets gardens (traffic circles and bulges) – simply artistic – e.g. bird or bee 3-D sculptures to celebrate Worldwide Bee Day (June 1) and Worldwide Bird Art Installation Day (last weekend in Sept) – or for community building (book exchange) or for bee and bird habitat (mason bee houses/ bird houses).





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Kitsilano Bee Line Walk

Bee Walks

I never really intended to become a capital B capital A – Bee Ally – or a Bee Walk leader. But…

Bee Walk #5 is coming up Saturday, July 21

Meet at Higher Grounds Urban Market Cafe at 1 PM.

This one is part of the Earth Walks organized by False Creek Watershed Society and Village Vancouver.

Points of interest include: the Community Herb Garden at 6th & Trafalgar to 6th & Yew where there is a “Bee Castle” to 6th & Maple/Cypress where there are bee hives.

We may stop in at City Farmer, or see if Bee in Bloom has some honey out. Lots of spontaneous public art along 5th   Avenue.


Bees are tireless pollinators. Their work is essential to food production which nourishes countless species. Modern man’s emphasis on industrialization has severely impacted the workings of this amazing creature. Find out how important bees are and how they inspire the people of Kitsilano in their gardens, their art and their life.

Mary Bennett is an Artist, an Educator and the Administrator for the Community Arts Council in Vancouver. She has organized community art projects and events for many years and is an avid gardener.

Mary’s Bee Walks:

Walk #1: April – We made signs, listened to the fabulous GoGoBonkers and then did the route.

Walk #2: I led a Jane’s Walk following the route from 5th & Trafalgar -met on the corner at 2pm Sunday May 6 – along to 6th and Cypress.

Walk #3 – June 16 for Kitsilano Car Free Days meet at 5th & Trafalgar at 2pm and go from there. – Pouring rain, but Diana came and we had a wonderful time. Stopped into City Farmer. (Thanks, Cheryl)

Walk #4 – We did a tiny walk just checking out the herbs in my garden, admiring the mason bee houses – alas, no mason bees this year.

Interested in bees in Kitsilano and want to connect with other bee-enthusiasts? Join the facebook group.

Walk #1 – Bees Please Parade on April 15, 2012.

We started by making signs, sharing some snacks and hearing GoGo Bonkers play some of their great songs.  Charlotte told her bee joke.

GoGo Bonkers, a kids band who sing about environmental issues, will play for us (and with us).

We walked to 6th & Trafalgar circle garden– install signs and houses. GoGo Bonkers sang along the way; Julie Rieter encouraged people to apply for Neighbourhood Small Grants; Sonja Embree, of Community Arts Council talked about their 3 priorities.

And then we walked to 6th & Yew and check out Bees Please I – and the bees.  Chloe Bennett and Christine Cooper told us the story – and Chloe found someone interested in helping with it. Charlotte told her bee joke again.

If you can’t come on the walk and want to watch the video by City Farmer about Chloe Bennett’s Habit-Art – Bee house. Click here.

Next, we walked along 6th to Cypress Community Garden. At 6th between Maple and Cypress – we got to admire the bee gate (a cedar gate with honeycomb pattern) and blue bee hive (Another thank you to KNSG)

As a special treat, Charlotte might tell you the answer to the riddle, “What did the bee say to the flower?”

We returned to Trafifth to have rhubarb pie and tea.

THANK YOU TO KITSILANO NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE AND VANCOUVER FOUNDATION FOR A NEIGHBOURHOOD SMALL GRANT – which provides funds for musicians honorarium, bee plants and signs and some refreshments.

Thanks to the Green Streets program of the City of Vancouver for the opportunity to garden in Traffic Circles.


The Community Arts Council of Vancouver is creating a video on how art in public places (in this case, bee art) creates community.

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Mini Bee Walk Thursday July 5

I’m getting famous for bee walks.  A friend said i was the “queen bee” of kitsilano, but I prefer Bee Ally.

Meet me and two neighbours for a mini bee walk out front of 5th & Trafalgar this coming Thursday July 5 at 5:30pm – this will be just half an hour up to my community herb garden and then the Bee Castle at 6th & yew.


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