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Dapper Mason Bee Boxes Make Stylish Dwellings for Our Pollinating Friends

by Cory Marie Podielski on June 27, 2013

in Around Campus, Host & Work/Study, In the Garden, We Still Make Things

Brasstown mason bees have stylish new homes at the Folk School thanks to Sara Boggs, the Work/Studies, and Joe B.

Mason Bee Box

Brasstown Mason bees have stylish new homes at the Folk School. Next time you walk around the Folk School Campus near the Vegetable Garden keep your eyes out for the new boxes created by Session #3 Work/Studies and Joe Baumgartner. The boxes have a very special painted touch added by Sarah Boggs’ of Brevard.

Mason-Designs

Welcome Home, Eat More Greens, Hope, Castle by Sarah Boggs

The boxes feature charming themes like castle walls, Masonic lodges, suitcases, and chard. Our Mason bees are going to be living in style with the new additions to the vegetable garden “neighborhood.”

Mason_Lodge

Masonic Lodge! Get it? Mason Bee… Mason Lodge! Love the creativity.

Wikipedia tells us: “Mason bee” is a common name for species of bees in the genus Osmia, of the family Megachilidae. They are named from their habit of making compartments of mud in their nests, which are made in hollow reeds or holes in wood made by wood-boring insects. Spring mason bees are increasingly cultivated to improve pollination for early spring fruit flowers. These gentle, solitary bees are pollinating powerhouses. One mason bee can do the pollinating work of 100 honeybees!

Mason_Group

Finished Mason Bee Boxes

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julie June 28, 2013 at 9:50 am

What an awesome addition to the garden! Well done Sarah & the indomitable work study crew!

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Cory Marie Podielski June 28, 2013 at 9:54 am

Thanks Julie!!! I love Sarah’s art. So beautiful!

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Colleen Flanagan June 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

These are really quaint and a great reminder that we share this world with all the creatures…Love this site and hope some day I can come and spend some time there learning what I might get good at.

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Emily June 28, 2013 at 12:07 am

How lovely! I wish I were small enough to live in them ;)

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Cory Marie Podielski June 28, 2013 at 9:55 am

Emily! I’ll let you know when we have a class in building a human-proportionate Mason bee box!

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