Bee Walk and Talk in the Garden
Saturday, August 20
11:00 a.m.
First Floor Garland Room
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St. and in the Lurie Garden


Plant at least five plants of one variety to attract bees and supply pollen and nectar. If you have only a small space, talk to your neighbors or transform your parkway.

Plant a succession of plants that will flower throughout the seasons -- from spring to fall -- so honeybees have pollen and nectar over a long period of time.

Add blue and purple flowers, which are particularly attractive to honeybees.

Choose native plants that are preferred by honeybees, because genetically altered cultivars don't produce as much pollen and nectar.

Don't use pesticides. Honeybees are extremely sensitive to any pesticides, so garden in a natural way and refrain from using harsh chemicals.


Calamintha nepeta ssp. Nepeta, or Calamint, stays compact and does not self seed. It has tiny white flowers from mid-summer though fall and is always covered with honeybees.

Salvia - sage is a plant featured in the Lurie Garden's salvia river. It blooms early summer for four to six weeks depending on temperature conditions. Cultivars bloom in shades of pink-purple.

Nepeta - catmint has stunning, silvery blue-gray foliage and long-lasting, light purple blooms.

Pcynanthemum muticum or Mountain Mint, is a taller perennial that grows 24- to 36-inches and has slivery foliage that is stunning throughout the seasons. It stays up throughout the winter, adding seasonal interest.

Aster - aster is a fall blooming perennial that provides pollen throughout the autumn months. Cultivars come in a number of different colors and heights, ranging from white- purple and 18- to 30-inches tall. Some of the Lurie Garden's favorites are Aster oblogofolius 'October Skies' and Aster tartaricus 'Jindai'.