The Hive Collaborative in the Garden

Instructor Michele Foster has enlisted 180 art students to help thousands of tiny friends. They’ve worked for weeks on The Hive Collaborative in the Garden, making ceramic “bee cups” to provide water for the vital, threatened pollinators.

The 350 or so hydration stations they created can be viewed at the South African Garden portion of Ventura Botanical Gardens. After June 2, the students will reclaim their ceramic flowers, shallow bowls they can refill for the bees.

Three adult volunteers helped in producing the bee cups out of glazed and fired clay. Participating students are from Mesa Union School, Pierpont Elementary School, Girl Scout Troop 65004 and the Bell Arts Factory Youth Program.

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