A Canungra business which evolved from Alex Griffiths’ fascination for native bees is branching out with plant nursery lines as enthusiasm grows in the community for gardening and home-grown veges.
A Canungra business which evolved from Alex Griffiths’ fascination for native bees is branching out with plant nursery lines as enthusiasm grows in the community for gardening and home-grown vegetables.
In addition to bee-friendly foliage and bee products, Little Bee & Me in Kidston Street is now a hive of activity selling seedlings and rainforest and indoor plants and has introduced a seed swap board and a range of landscaping items.
“I’m branching out,” said Alex, who has been forced to cancel her native bee education programs and school excursions in response to COVID-19.
“With the increased focus on home gardening, I have been really busy selling seedlings with more people wanting to grow their own vegetables.”
Alex’s caught the buzz around stingless native bees while working on the Canungra Community Garden four years ago.
“Most people are familiar with the European honey bee, but Australia has 2000 species of native bees, which are super-efficient pollinators, 11 of which are stingless,” she said.
Alex sells a range of gifts for gardeners and bee products, from honey to ‘hotels’ to accommodate solitary native bees, which use these small structures as their nesting habitat.
The bee hotels are made and decorated by prisoners of the Palen Creek Correctional Centre and, as well as providing habitats for native bees, contribute to the development of new skill sets by the inmates.
Little Be & Me is open from Thursday to Sunday from 9.30am to 2pm at 8 Kidston Street, opposite DJ Smith Memorial Park at Canungra.
“I enjoy talking to people about native bees and seeing their surprise at the hidden garden behind the old buildings,” Alex Said.
“It really is a secret garden and people are welcome to come in and meander around.”
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