Southeastern Bumble bee on blueberry plant.

Photo by Pandra Williams


Meet Your Native Bees

05/21/23   2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Peter Helfrich

Honey bees are incredibly important to our agricultural system – we couldn’t enjoy many of our favorite foods without them! But like many of us, they're not native to our state – or even to North America for that matter! This fully illustrated presentation will introduce you to a few of the almost 500 species of bees that are native to Georgia and which can be found in backyards across metro Atlanta region.

Carpenter bees and other insects collect pollen from yellow flowers of Hypericum frondosum, Cedar Glade St John's Wort.

Find out how native bees like bumble bees, mason bees, leafcutter bees, sweat bees and carpenter bees are similar to, and different from, their better known honey bee cousins.

Native pollinators like this Eastern Bumblee are attracted to the vibrant, violet purple blooms of Stokesia laevis, or Stoke's Aster.
Learn where these vitally important pollinators live, what they do, and how they survive. You'll also receive some helpful tips on how to identify them and tell them apart.
Peter Helfrich is a backyard beekeeper and native bee enthusiast who lives in Decatur, GA. He currently chairs City of Decatur’s Bee City USA® committee, helping to ensure his community continues to meet numerous criteria related to pollinator conservation, habitat creation and public education on the topics of bees, native pollinators, and native plants.

He frequently speaks about bees in city schools and helps to organize Decatur’s annual National Pollinator Week observance, as well as numerous other bee-related activities throughout the year.

This free presentation is at the Beech Hollow Nursery in Scottdale, 389 North Clarendon Ave. Scottdale, GA 30079.  Please sign up above to reserve your seat.

Class Sign-up Information:


Beech Hollow Intown,

389 North Clarendon Ave.,

Scottdale GA 30079

Date: 05/21/23

Limit 25 participants.

Please RSVP above.

Time: 2 pm - 3:30 pm,

Cost: $FREE$ presentation

April 29, 2023

I would like to sign up for the “Meet Your Native Bees” class.
Thank you!

April 29, 2023

Hi Michele,
Please click the button on this page: to add a seat to the shopping cart. There is not a charge, it is only a reservation.


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