Jean Vose is an experienced Master Gardener, certified horticulturist and backyard beekeeper living in Nobleboro where she has created gardens to attract pollinators as well as the other beneficial creatures. The original homestead, established in 1910, features a farmhouse of that era bounded by over 10 acres of open fields and mixed woods. The gardens feature vegetables, herbs, ornamental grasses, trees, and shady spots. Most of her gardens have been established for over 15 years. A beehive in the garden ensures a good seed crop and fresh honey for the table.
Vose will present a slideshow on Monday, April 29, at 3:00pm at the Lincoln Home. She will provide a brief history of beekeeping in America; how and when honey bees arrived. Vose will provide information and how-to hints on how to keep bees in your back yard and how to encourage other pollinators. She will introduce local pollinators including, but not limited to, native bees, other insects, birds, butterflies and even bats. She will also talk about the plants needed to draw and sustain these important pollinators. Informational handouts will be available.
Vose has been a backyard beekeeper since 1986 keeping and managing honey bee hives in her backyard apiary for pollination and honey which is available at her dooryard. She and her late husband, after relocating to Maine in 1998, created a beekeeping school in 2001. From this school, Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers (KLCB) was launched in 2003.
She keeps busy with activities in the Knox & Lincoln Counties Master Gardeners, Knox-Lincoln County Beekeepers, Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District, the Maine State Beekeeping Association, Nobleboro Historical Society, and First Baptist Church of Waldoboro.