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The Garden's Director, Professor Beverley Glover, has been in the media talking flowers for bees
Beverley's research focuses on the evolution and development of floral traits that are important in attracting animal pollinators. Sally Challoner from the BBC's Farming Today programme was interested to learn how the research has informed the development of a new throw-to-grow mix from Moles Seeds. 'Particularly in the eastern region where we are', says Beverley, 'after the oilseed rape finishes flowering in June there is a deficit to pollen and nectar supply for bees'. This mix contains both flowers that provide nectar and flowers that provide pollen, and provides food from early spring through to autumn. Flowers have been included in a range of bee-friendly colours and scents, and with different depths to provide rewards for long tongued bumble bees and short tongued honey bees. You can listen to the interview, which is the first feature, by clicking on the link to the right. The seed mix is available in the Botanic Garden shop.

Beverley has also been filming the native flag iris with Carol Klein for her Plant Odysseys programme on BBC2. In the preview clip available by clicking on the link to the left, Beverley identifies a range of floral traits that contribute to the very distinct 'brand statement' of the iris that ensures it attracts bees to transfer pollen from flower to flower and effect pollination. Carol Klein's four-part Plant Odyssey series examines the evolution of four classic garden plants. The programme devoted to the Iris goes out on Monday 10 August at 7pm on BBC2.
Publication Date
07/08/2015