Bee Preservers: Garden Art Benefits Bee PreservationMay 06, 2013
Today Glass Gardens Northwest launched their new line of glass garden floats to help with bee preservation, aptly named Bee Preservers. (Updated 2018: Unfortunately, this product line appears to no longer be for sale.)
Founder Barbara Sanderson is an advocate for clean food, animal welfare, and a healthy environment. Learning about the escalating plight of the bees and seeing our bees using her art as a safe way to access fresh water, combined to inspire this new line of her work.
These new floats are created with added exterior texture to allow the bees to safely land in a water feature and trek down the glass surface to sip from the water — without falling in and drowning as so often happens.
And, yes, they work as intended! Barbara sent a few our way last week to try out — yes, free of charge and without expectation of compensation on our end — and the bees love them so much we can’t dismantle, drain and scrub out our mucked up, over-wintered bubbling pot. Oh well, the bees don’t care, and that chore can happen another time when it isn’t so hot & sunny, which makes for some thirsty bees of all kinds.
Prices for these floats begin at just under $14; larger floats are incrementally more expensive.
Buy them here. (2018 update: This product line appears to no longer be available.)
And, just think: $3 of every float you purchase is being donated by Glass Gardens NW to The Foundation for the Preservation of Honeybees.
Check out more of Barbara’s art & more Bee Preserver pics from our private tour & sale here.