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Paige Embry

Author, Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators

Paige Embry’s multi-year immersion into the lives of America’s bees began with a gardening epiphany—honey bees, which came from Europe with the early colonists, can’t pollinate tomatoes, but some native bees can. This realization led to an obsession with bees that cascaded into taking classes, wading through scientific literature, raising bees, participating in bee science, modifying her garden, and trekking into fields and onto farms with bee experts to learn who America’s bees really are, and how they are faring. It also led to a book, Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight Save Them, to be released by Timber Press in January, 2018. With a background in geology, Paige fell in love with plants after moving to the Pacific Northwest nearly 30 years ago. She studied horticulture and started a garden design and coaching business. She has taught classes on geology, soils, gardening, and pruning. She started writing to promote her business and discovered the pleasure of writing and the power of storytelling. This mid-life foray into writing has been an unexpected gift on many levels.


GARDEN 101: Preserving Our Vital Pollinators

Meet the Neighbors: Bees in NW Gardens

Pollinators are essential to our environment, necessary for the reproduction of 85% of the world’s plant species and essential to our food supply. But populations of some common pollinators have declined by 90% in the past two decades. Learn how you can help! NWF naturalist and NatGeo WILD host David Mizejewski shares how you can plant a beautiful garden that also helps declining pollinators. Robin Haglund will share her experiences on the trials and tribulations of beekeeping. And finally, local author Paige Embry talks about our native beeswho they are and how to recognize them. She’ll also share ways you can help bees both locally, by modifying your garden, and globally, by participating in citizen science projects like the Great Sunflower Project

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow

Bring in the Natives Bees for More and Better Fruit

Honey bees don’t do it all, especially not in home gardens. On chill, gray days when honey bees stay in, shivering in their hives, some of our native bees are out pollinating. Even city gardens can host a variety of native bees and making a home for them is much easier than keeping honey bees. Learn how inviting a variety of bees into the garden may produce not only more fruit, but better fruit too.

Friday, Feb 9 at 11:15 am / Hood Room / Book signing to follow