Great Book on Bees, Wasps and Ants–Perennial Bookworm

Bees, Wasps and Ants: The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in Gardens, Eric Grissell, 2010.  Timber Press, Inc., 335 pages, 9” x 6”, $27.95 (hardcover).

Most books about bees just drone on, losing me in the second chapter when they start to get technical.  The pages of my copy of this book are now dog-eared, with stars and arrows penciled in the margins for later reference.  And I didn’t skip ne’er a section.

Grissell’s delivery is engaging, at times humorous, and he does justice to a fascinating and valuable insect family whose roles as recyclers, predators and pollinators more than make up for their capacity to spoil a picnic.  I was thoroughly amazed at how important these insects are to our gardens and the planet as a whole, yet most of us know so little about them.

The book breaks down the 5 major biological groups, as Grissell categorizes them: The Garden’s Cows, The Garden’s Police, The Garden’s Wolves, The Garden’s Pollinators and the Garden’s Recyclers.  Intriguing, eh?  Then the author gives advice for attracting and providing habitat for the beneficial species.  This book is not be confused with a sterile field guide. 

The color photos are top-notch.  And the resources for learning more include many great websites and books so that if you’re questions aren’t answered herein, you’ll know where to look.  Highly recommended! 

For more information on this book and others by Eric Grissell, check out the website of Timber Press, Inc. 

© Colleen Miko, 2011

About Colleen Miko

Colleen Miko is a certified professional horticulturist with 20 years experience in landscape design who has designed award winning gardens for the NW Flower & Garden Show as well as HGTV’s “Landscaper’s Challenge”. Colleen is freelance garden writer and speaker.
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