Members of the Winfield Gardenaires met in January.

Cat Livingston gave a program on bees. She has been raising bees for about 30 years and is currently using flow hives, which keep the bees from being disturbed when removing the honey.

Bees are vital for the pollination of many plants. It is estimated that about one-third of the world’s food supply depends on pollination, mainly from bees. The current decline of the bee population has resulted from parasites, pesticides and loss of wildflowers.

Livingston stressed the importance of pollination and encouraged members to consider raising their own colonies of bees. She brought samples of honey from her hives to be enjoyed by the group.

Everyone was reminded to prepare for the annual Garden Sale the first Saturday in May.

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