Day: February 22, 2016

Bee Virus Spread by Humans

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varroa mites on honeybees (Prof S. Martin, University of Salford)
Varroa mites on honeybees (Prof Stephen Martin, University of Salford)

In a recent Washington Post article, Darryl Fears reports that “the global spread of a virus that deforms the wings of honeybees and kills them in droves was caused by humans.” and it’s been happening for centuries.

While Asian honeybees that were traded in the former Soviet Union had learned to fight the mite that deformed their wings, their European cousins were less successful at fending off the pests.

Add the increased human trade of bees to the mix and it became a global pandemic.

Harvest Fest | October 18

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The Lafayette Community Garden and Outdoor Learning Center invites you to


our 4th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration | Sunday, October 18      

Please join us from 11AM to 3PM at the garden to share in the celebration!

Garden Tours | Games | Displays Refreshments

Music | Raffle | Native American Dwelling and Artifacts

Scarecrow and Apple Doll Making


Bye, Bye Butterfly Party at the Library!

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Presented by Ginny Golden

Thursday, April 25, 2013 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Children’s Room

Bye, Bye Butterfly Party!!

Designed for: All Ages, Kids (5-11)

Our caterpillars have their wings! Come celebrate at our Butterfly Party as we release our new butterflies in the Lafayette Library’s garden! Come dressed in your butterfly wings and join us for crafts, cookies and lemonade!


Last Class of the Year – Saturday, September 29

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Don’t miss this one!

September 29   3 – 5pm   Winter Gardens
There is as much happening in your garden over winter as there is in summer…even if you don’t plant anything. Did you know tomato horn worm grubs could be hibernating in your soil? Or that you may be promoting the growth of various wilts by composting your tomato plants? Join Nanette Heffernan in a lively discussion on how to prepare your garden for winter to ensure you have a healthy spring. We will also be discussing winter edibles that do well in Contra Costa County: Swiss Chard, Broccoli, Collard Greens…the list goes on and on. You will even take home some seedlings to plant!

Sign up here


Front Page!

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The Lamorinda Weekly featured one of our Garden classes on their front page this week.

Bug Bingo? Yes, Bug Bingo – also called, “How to learn your bugs and how to live with them in your garden” – was the new trendy game at the Lafayette Community Garden Saturday, July 14 facilitated by landscape designer and gardener Susanne Frey in the outdoor learning classroom across from the Lafayette Reservoir. About 15 adults and a few children came to find natural ways to manage pests and left with a better understanding of the natural processes that the savvy gardener can foster.
Once participants learned to identify the Mealy Bug, the Thrip, the Lacewing and the Katydid, the question was: Which ones are good, bad or ugly?

Read the rest of Sophie Braccini’s article here.

Don’t Fence Me In!

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We have lots of news to report.

  • The fence is almost done.
  • You can sign up for classes here.
  • There is a work party on Saturday, May 26 – anytime between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
Lafayette Community Garden Deer Fence