Animals & Insects

Tour Stop: Native Bees

Tour Stop: Native Bees

Most people come to this garden to see butterflies, but there are plenty of other insects here.   One of the most important groups is the bees.  Most of us think “honey bee” when we hear the word “bee,” but did you know that honey bees are not native to the United States?  They were brought here in 1622 by early colonists who recognized their importance to agriculture.

Tour Stop: Ephemeral Pond

Tour Stop: Ephemeral Pond

Some oak trees, even large, old ones, can have very shallow root structures. Look at the roots on this massive oak tree that was uprooted during Hurricane Ike.  See how shallow they were?  High winds, such as in a hurricane, strain these shallow roots.  If their strength is exceeded, then the tree falls.

But the life does not stop.  There is now a small pond where the tree's root ball was. This is called an ephemeral pond— when it rains, the pond will collect and hold water, but it will eventually dry up if we have a long, hot, dry spell, especially during the summer.