Friday, May 20, 2016

Please Join Me at the Okanagan Book Launch of Victory Gardens for Bees

Women Who Run With the Bees: Artists Inspired by Bees and Artist-Led Conservation Projects: A Talk and Book Launch by Lori Weidenhammer

You are invited to attend Lori Weidenhammer’s launch of her new book”  “Victory Gardens for Bees.”  On Thursday, May 26, Lori Weidenhammer will be giving her talk “Women Who Run with the Bees:  Artists Inspired by Bees and Artist-Led Conservation Projects” and we’ll be hosting the Kelowna launch of her wonderful new book.

Lori Weidenhammer is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist and gardener.  She has just published a book, Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees (Douglas & McIntyre)  Victory Gardens for Bees is buzzing with DIY projects that will help readers provide homes and food for precious pollinators. With plenty of photographs to help readers identify bees of all stripes, beekeeping tips and other interesting bee-phemera, this book is a must-have for anyone who wants to do their part to save bees.  It is gorgeously illustrated in colour and it provides all kinds of plans for bee-focussed gardens.

Originally from Cactus Lake SK, Lori has had a long love affair with bees.  Her father kept bees when she was a child, and years later, she found herself pulled into the culture and science of bees and caring for beehives in her backyard. For the past seven years she has been exploring the persona Madame Beespeaker at venues across the country, sharing the tradition of “telling the bees.” She also regularly appears as the Queen Bee at schools and community events. As an artist and educator Weidenhammer works with students of all ages on identifying native plants, eating locally, gardening for pollinators and guerrilla gardening.

This is the ninth and final talk of “The Pollinizing Sessions: A Series of Talks and Workshops to Learn About Pollinators in Our Community,” a project of the Okanagan Regional Library and a UBC Okanagan research project, The Public Art Pollinator Pastures Project. The talk will be held at the downtown Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis St. Kelowna from 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Admission is free but people are encouraged to pre-register at


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