I had the great opportunity to visit the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven pollinator garden while I was visiting my daughter and son-in-law in California. It is a part of University of California Davis in Sacramento. Yes, it is the same company that makes the yummy ice cream and they have put up a lot of money for honeybee research and this garden!
The garden is kind of on the outskirts of the campus, down a tree lined road seemingly in the middle of nowhere. I almost thought the GPS was lying to us until we turned down "Bee Biology Road"
The garden has a lot of cool artwork designs all with a bee theme of course!
All the plants that were in bloom were covered in bees. I don't know if my wife, daughter or son-in-law were enjoying the constant "buzz" in the air, but I sure was! As you walk around the outside path, you can see some of the hives set up at the neighboring Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Research Facility honeybee research center. It was all I could do not to go over and just walk into the place to look around. Good thing I don't live in California because I saw a volunteers wanted sign on my way out!! The only thing missing was a gift shop selling some Häagen-Dazs ice cream!
It is great to see that some companies know the importance of the honey bee in our food supply and are putting their money where their mouth is! If you happen to be in the neighborhood, swing by and take a look!
Until next time, thanks for reading.