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Secret Garden Wednesday: What To Do When Bees Get Thirsty ?

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Happy Spring to You! Today on Secret Garden Wednesday we’re going to dive into the world of Bees. I know Spring is finally here because I’ve just spotted one of our pollinating friends the bumble bee over the weekend. As the temperatures rise the buzz in the air is loud. Day by day more and more plants and flowers are blooming. This is all thanks to pollinators such as bees, hummingbirds, bats, wasps and so on. Without them we would simply die.

Side Note about Bees:

Bees play a key role in the productivity of agriculture and the beauty of our world and are responsible for the pollination of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and flowers. But our cherished bees are facing peril in the form of the disruption of natural habitats. This disruption is in the form of lack of “bee flowers” due to the widespread overuse of pesticides, and numerous bee diseases and parasites have pushed bees to the tipping point. But Jump Into a Book readers can do their part by planting “bee-friendly flowers” and not treating those same flowers with pesticides (insecticides, fungicides or herbicides). That simple act can help to keep bees healthy and on their own six feet.

Did You Know…

  • To get one pound of honey, that’s 16 oz requires 1,152 bees traveling 112,000 miles, visiting 4.5 Million flowers?

With all of this traveling and the heat of summer, bees can get really thirsty. For a bee to drink water they need a surface to land on. To ensure that the bees are not only well fed but well watered too, let’s create a watering hole for them.

bee watering hole

A Bee Watering Hole

Bee Watering Hole 1


  • Flower pot saucer
  • Rocks which you’ve collected or purchased at a craft store
  • Water


Bee Watering Hole 2

  1. Arrange the rocks in the flower pot saucer.
  2. Add water until water covers the bottom half of the rocks.
  3. Place outside near flowers

Inside A Year in the Secret Garden we explore the world of bees as we make a bee house/hive to attract bees into your garden. Though our garden might be a secret we always need bees and other pollinators inside to help our gardens grow.

Bee Watering Hole 3

Have you missed the last few Secret Garden Wednesdays? These are too much fun not to read!

Enjoy more month-by-month activities based on the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! A Year in the Secret Garden is a delightful children’s book with over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together.


Whimsical author/illustrator Marilyn Scott-Waters and I created this book to not only encourage families to read and participate in some “unplugged” activities, but to also delve into the beauty and the wonder of this classic children’s tale. Get the full scoop on this vibrant book HERE and “meet me in the garden!”



7 thoughts on “Secret Garden Wednesday: What To Do When Bees Get Thirsty ?

  1. I most definitely NEVER heard of a bee watering hole, Valarie! Thanks for the education 🙂 I love the look of it with the stones 🙂

  2. This is great! Thank you so much for the instructions. No that spring has truly arrived I hope to get into my gardens soon. Will be adding one of these near one. I love watching the bees on my azaleas and then hostas.
    [Found you through the Kid Lit Blog Hop.]

  3. Fantastic, thank you – I never thought of poor old bees needing water… I will rectify immediately. And there are no pesticides etc in our garden – though the slugs do have me sorely tempted at times!

  4. This is absolutely wonderful! We have so many flowers blooming in our backyard right now so the bee watering hole will be a perfect addition and always busy! Thank you for sharing this great idea on the hop!

  5. That’s a great idea for bees. But, how do I keep mosquitoes from laying eggs in the standing water?

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