Do you feel anxious when you read about climate change getting worse and worse?
Do you wonder when watching the news if anything is being done to save the planet
Do you fear for the fate of your children because of the environmental crisis?
What if you personally could do something that really mattered in response to climate change?
I believe we’re all being called to be activists. We can’t wait for government intervention, which is slow at coming at best; individually, we must act for the planet if we hope to stand a chance against the momentum of pollution, exploitation of lands and oceans, and catastrophic extinction rates across all life forms.
Recycling and buying organic food is not enough. We need to alter our cities, neighborhoods and homes in deliberate ways to support the Earth’s resiliency and reverse the environmental crisis.
We can all do something about this.
We all must do something about this.
Are you in?
What if you could learn how to plant a bee garden wherever you happen to be living?
Your garden will directly and positively impact bees, butterflies and other pollinators within a few months. You’d be receiving the guidance to do this, and you will connect to Nature while bringing beauty into your world.
What if you could begin this journey right in your own home?
Maybe you live in an apartment in the city, or in a house in the suburbs or country, and you don't know if you can grow a garden there. Maybe, right now, you don't know the first steps to creating a garden. Maybe you're not a gardener and you're feeling unsure about how to plant a bee pollinator garden.
You're here to make a real difference! We all are.
You've probably already tried donating to environmental causes, signed online petitions, made lifestyle and diet changes, recycle regularly, but still feel like there's something more impactful that you could do—should do. You want to feel like you're really making a difference and you know intuitively that finding the answer to this will shift everything in your life. It'll allow you to live more in alignment with your true self.
In 2008, while I was still a professor with a full time environmental art practice, I began hearing about colony collapse disorder in beekeeper hives around the world, bees were mysteriously dying. I remember feeling a deep sense of sadness, not only because I loved bees but also because I knew that if bees disappeared, then so would many other insects, animals and plants, and humans too. I immediately wanted to help save bees.
I thought about creating an art exhibition to spread the word and inform others, that didn't feel like enough. I wanted to really help, really and truly make a difference. At the same time, I was feeling a deepening sense of being called to work with the Earth in a new way, to sink deeply into the presence of Nature, and work with the soil to heal my heart.
Fast forward to 2015 when we bought our property which we named Alchemy Farm; one of the first things I did was plant a patch of flowers for bees and butterflies—by this time, butterflies too had become endangered. I didn't know what I was doing. I had no real gardening experience, I didn't know how to make a garden bed or what I needed or didn't need to buy. I had no idea what kind of flowers to grow. I ordered so many books that I was asked if I was starting a library.
I took notes. I worried. I studied. I avoided planting because I was scared I'd make mistakes. I remember feeling the fear of doing it wrong, even as I placed the first seeds in the soil I'd prepared. I waited. Convinced I'd missed some important step, or the seeds just wouldn't grow. And then one day, I felt wonder, relief, awe and amazement at seeing those first seedlings make their appearance. I stood beside them and cried. Seven weeks later, when the flowers began to bloom and bees began to arrive, I cried again. The next year, I grew more flowers and the year after that even more. Our farm became a place of transformation, a haven for bees and pollinators—and humans too.
Visitors started asking me how to grow flowers, so I began to offer small gardening workshops along with flower design workshops. This past summer the Alchemy Farm Sound Garden featuring the music of flowers (really the bio energy of flowers converted into musical notes!) opened for tours.
As I shared the gardens with others, the same comments kept coming up over and over: I live in the city, I don’t think I can grow a garden on my deck. I don’t know how to grow a garden. I don’t know where to start with growing a bee garden.
I knew I could help.
I want to teach people how to help bees and pollinators and change the world.
Bee Garden School is a comprehensive step-by-step program that teaches how to plant a bee garden in the city, suburbs or country, from seed to beautiful blooms for the whole summer.
Bee Garden School will help you shift from a place of inaction and uncertainty, to a place of confidence, contribution and hope about your power to save bees and other pollinators.
Bee Garden School is the only program of its kind that:
During the course you'll learn life-long gardening skills, including:
Class opens in March 2020. Modules are released weekly over 10 weeks (8 modules and 2 integration weeks). Move through the modules at your own pace in time with whatever growing zone you're in, wherever you are in the world.
Learn about the different types of bees and pollinators and how to identify them. Explore the symbolic meanings, relationships, and the history we share with bees and pollinators. You'll receive guidance on how you can start helping insect pollinators right away.
Step-by-step lessons and guides on how to choose the most loved bee flowers for your garden location and growing zone. Learn which herbs, vegetables, fruits and berries to integrate into your bee garden. Get Alchemy Farm's list of favourite bee and pollinator flowers to grow and where to source the seeds.
Learn how to choose the best location for your bee garden. Track the sun and weather and how it affects your garden. Learn techniques for growing on rooftop decks, balconies, sundecks and terraces, and how to efficiently create different types of garden beds. There will be lessons on planting gardens in containers, raised beds or no-till beds in your yard.
Learn different methods for organic growing and why it's important for the well-being of bees and pollinators. In this module, you'll learn about the different types of soil for different types of gardens and their locations and I'll show you my step-by-step method to make compost and compost tea.
Get step-by-step instructions on everything you need to know to start your own seeds to grow the most beautiful and beneficial flowers possible. There will be tutorials on the best ways to start seeds, grow seedlings, transplanting and more, so that you avoid costly mistakes. I'm also giving Alchemy Farm's essential tools and supplies lists.
You'll get lessons on irrigation, weed control, pinching, staking, and cutting plants. I will teach you how to encourage flower blooming, how to deal with pests and how to nurse sick plants. You'll get guides to identify beneficial bugs and tips for attracting them to your garden. You'll also get tutorials on interplanting (companion planting) to repel pests.
Learn how to collect and save seeds for the next year. Get step-by-step directions for drying flowers and different ways to use them.
Discover which flowers to plant in the fall for early spring flowers. You'll also get a lesson on how to make a seasonal layered pot for continuous spring blooms.
Ingrid generously shared her knowledge of all the flowers with me…I would recommend Ingrid and any of her workshops or private one on ones for anyone in love with flowers as it is surely something you will never regret or forget!
My experience with Ingrid was so wonderful. She is so generous with her time....she has a wealth of information and her flowers are absolutely beautiful. I’m so happy to have met her and look forward to coming back to do another workshop with her.
I learned so much about flowers and plants from details about the species to the care needed, etcetera…I particularly enjoyed is the level of passion and knowledge from Ingrid but also her love and respect for the environment. Her energy is clearly genuine which makes the experience even more special. I would highly recommend booking any workshop with Ingrid.
You'll be joining a community of new and experienced gardeners all working together to create bee pollinator havens. You'll learn about different pollinators, flowers, the soil, water, and the interconnectedness of Nature. You'll grow flowers from seeds you planted and cared for, and watch them become habitat for bees and pollinators and beautiful blooms for you to enjoy.
You'll help our planet in a very meaningful & concrete way.
Bee Garden School is an invitation to come together in a movement of people becoming gardeners for the future, creating a flower mosaic of healing around the world.
If you feel unsure about actually pulling it off, you’re not alone—I remember feeling that way too. The sense of overwhelm and uncertainty nearly stopped me, but now you have me as your guide, someone with years of experience.
If you’re ready to create real change in the world by providing habitat for bees and pollinators while minimizing errors and costly mistakes, here’s how we’ll get you there!
Alchemy Farm's Bee Garden School is a comprehensive program for beginner and experienced gardeners that provides step-by-step instructions for growing a bee pollinator garden in 90 days or less.
Ingrid Koivukangas is a Master Organic Gardener and award-winning environmental artist and designer of the gardens at Alchemy Farm. The Bee Garden Course comprises her years of experience growing flowers for bees and pollinators at her 10-acre flower farm. There is a private Facebook group for course attendees.
The Bee Garden Course is PERFECT for you if:
If you said ‘yes’ to at least 3 of the above, then I can’t wait to meet you inside Bee Garden School!
The Bee Garden Course is NOT for you if:
As well as growing gardens for bees, your registration helps fund a school classroom to receive a free registration. For every 3 registrations to Bee Garden School, we give one registration to a classroom.
If you are a teacher and would like to receive a free registration, please click here to register.
Partial proceeds from Bee Garden School also contribute to the dreams of women working in agriculture in third world countries through KIVA micro loans. I've been a KIVA supporter for over ten years and have helped fund the dreams of 58 people and groups in 23 countries. I chose KIVA to donate to because I believe in giving people a hand up instead of a handout.
14 Day Pro-Rata Moneyback Guarantee
Just in case you join us and change your mind, we offer pro-rata refunds for up to two modules of the course (2 weeks). There are no refunds after Module 2 is released.
Join us to create a bee garden and see the world blossom again!
Bee Garden School pre-registration is now open—save your seat—use the coupon code: EarlyBee150 and save $150 until December 31, 2019
Regular price is $447
Your price: $297
with code: EarlyBee150
P.S. Makes a great Christmas gift!
I don't have any experience gardening?
You don't need to have any prior gardening experience. The lessons included in each module provide step-by-step instructions on how to plant bee pollinator gardens.
I don't have a green thumb?
With the right guidance, anyone can learn how to develop their gardening skills!
I only have a small balcony in the city?
Not to worry! The lessons include growing tips and instructions for micro small spaces all the way to large country gardens and everything in between.
I don't think I have time?
Don't worry, the classroom door is always open. Move through the modules at your own pace in time with whatever growing zone you're in, wherever you are in the world.
What if I get stuck and need help?
Bee Garden School includes a private member's Facebook group where you can post questions and get answers from Ingrid and your fellow classmates.
Do you offer a guarantee?
Just in case you join us and change your mind, we offer pro-rata refunds for up to two modules of the course (2weeks). There are no refunds after Module 2 is released.
When is the course starting?
Bee Garden School opens in the first week of March 2020 just in time to get your bee garden started and blooming for a summer filled with beautiful flowers!
Save Bees One Flower at a Time
Plant a Bee Garden for the Planet