May 21, 2019

Grai St. Clair Rice: Bees in the Garden, a Dance with Evolution

Grai St. Clair Rice (Photo: Erik Christian)

During the course of evolution, pollinators and plants have been involved in a seductive
relationship that has been instrumental in creating the fecund world we live in today.
Understand how honeybees forage and how they interact with flowers in their search for
nectar and pollen. Honeybees are single-source pollinators, engaging their
communication and navigation skills to enlist their hive mates to bring home the goods.
Learn to incorporate simple garden/landscape concepts to improve their health.

About the Speaker

Grai St. Clair Rice is an organic beekeeper, as well as a writer/photographer based in
NYC. She is a co-founder of HoneybeeLives, an organization that teaches beekeeping
and provides apiary services.
After ten years as an Editor/Producer at CNN’s New York Bureau, and many years
before in the film, art and publishing worlds, Grai’s focus turned to beekeeping and
writing. With her love and knowledge of honeybees she is able to use her talents to
encourage a better understanding and appreciation of honeybees by the public at large,
and help nurture beekeepers to embrace a gentle spiritual approach to their care.
Grai is the founder of the contemporary Ulster County Beekeepers Association. She
lectures on beekeeping and gardening for honeybees, and co-teaches some of the
HoneybeeLives classes. She is working on two different books about honeybees and
beekeeping, and a children’s book about bugs.