Upcoming Events

Lexington Living Landscapes-sponsored events

Creating and Enhancing Native Bee Habitat in Your Garden with Heather Holm

Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 – 8:30 pm


Presented by Lexington Living Landscapes with generous funding from the Lexington Field and Garden Club.


There is a great deal that home gardeners can do to provide habitat for our native bees without sacrificing other garden goals. When creating and managing thriving habitats for native bees, many factors such as seasonal phenology, nesting strategies, and flower preferences must be considered – and with approximately 3,600 species in North America (north of Mexico), there are many unique aspects to keep in mind when managing successful landscapes for bees.

Join Heather as she explores the nesting habitats, life cycles, pollen collection, brood rearing, and general characteristics of some of the most common native bees in eastern North America, while highlighting the pollination of native plants and the mutualism between native plants and native bees. Learn about pollen specialists, the presentation of floral resources, and how the physical characteristics of bees can influence their effectiveness as pollinators. Heather will also discuss ways to manage gardens and other small landscapes to enhance bee diversity, plant selection considerations, and ultimately how to think like a bee!


Heather Holm is a pollinator conservationist and award-winning author of four books: Pollinators of Native Plants (2014), Bees (2017), Wasps (2021), and Common Native Bees of the Eastern United States (2022). Both Bees and Wasps have won multiple book awards including the American Horticultural Society Book Award (2018 and 2022 respectively). Heather’s expertise includes the interactions between native pollinators and native plants, and the natural history and biology of native bees and predatory wasps. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and many local publications. Heather is also an accomplished photographer and her pollinator photos are frequently featured in print and electronic publications.

Heather is a National Honorary Director of Wild Ones and serves on the boards of the Friends of Cullen Nature Preserve and Bird Sanctuary and Friends of Minnetonka Parks. In her spare time, she is an active community supporter, writing grants, and coordinating and participating in volunteer ecological landscape restoration projects. The latest project is a 13-acre oak savanna restoration that will provide thriving habitat for pollinators, birds, mammals, and passive, nature-based opportunities for people. ​ 


To register for this event, click here. The presentation will not be recorded.

Other events of interest - All events are online unless otherwise indicated. 


March 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Creating a Succession of Bloom in the Native Garden with Kim Eierman. Mass. Horticultural Society. Fee. More info here.

March 6, 7:30 – 8:30 pm (Eastern)

Gardening with Native Plants Through the Seasons with Denise Sandoval. Nature Foundation of Will County. More info here.

March 6, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

The Secret Lives of Wild Bees with Nick Dorian. Grow Native Massachusetts. Register here.

March 11, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Wabanaki REACH: Interacting with Wabanaki-Maine History. Wild Seed Project. More info here.

March 12, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Planting The Year-Round Pollinator Garden with Karen Bussolini. Mass. Horticultural Society. Fee. More info here.

March 13, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Please Do Eat the Daisies: The Comestible Virtues of Non-native Weeds and Invasives In and Around Lexington with Russ Cohen. Lexington Field and Garden Club. In person at Follen Church, Lexington. More info here.

March 13, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Identifying Invasive Plants with Meredith Gallogly. Brookline Public Library and Grow Native Massachusetts. More info here.

March 14, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Rowen White on Seeds of Resilience: The Cultural Dimension of Biodiversity. Wild Seed Project. Fee. More info here.

March 14, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Creating Landscapes for Bird Diversity with Claudia Thompson. Newton Conservators. More info here.

March 18, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Soils, Mulches, and Amendments. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Fee. More info here.

March 19, 6:00 pm

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants with Robin Wall Kimmerer. Wild Ones. Fee. More info here.

March 21 and 28, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Gardening Fundamentals: Plants & Practices with Sonja Birthisel. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Fee. More info here.

March 21, 7:00 pm

Transform Your Lawn to Save Our Ecosystem with Mark Richardson. Metrowest Climate Solutions. More info here.

March 26, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Planting for Climate Resistance Q-and-A. Wild Seed Project. Fee. More info here.

March 28, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

In the Life of the Bumble Bee Queen (and the Cuckoo too!) with Rich Hatfield. Xerces Society. More info here.

April 3, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Planting for Climate Resilience with Andrea Berry. In person at the Cambridge Public Library. Grow Native Massachusetts. More info here.

April 11, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Coexisting with Coyotes in Suburban Communities with Dave Wattles. Newton Conservators.  More info here.

April 18, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Native Edibles for Cities with Dan Jaffe Wilder. Native Plant Trust. Fee. More info here.

April 20, 9 am – 4 pm

Transforming The Landscape: Audubon Native Plants and Pollinators Symposium. Audubon Society of Rhode Island. In person in Providence. Fee. More info here.

April 22 and following

Gardening for Pollinators. An online, safe-paced course from the Native Plant Trust. Fee. More info here.

May 8, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Gardening Among Hungry Mammals with Nancy Lawson. Grow Native Massachusetts. More info here.

May 22, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Wild Edibles of Lexington’s Waysides with Russ Cohen. Citizens for Lexington Conservation. In person at Lincoln Park, Lexington. More info here.