The Beekeeper and the Bee Book Cover

The Beekeeper and the Bee

Kate spent over two years shadowing Somerset beekeepers and producing a collection of drawings and paintings of beekeepers and bees. The project resulted in a touring exhibition and hard-back book. The book travels through the seasons describing the work of the beekeepers and bees. The paintings and drawings are accompanied by evocative words of the beekeepers collected by Kate in her conversations and interviews with them.

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“I grow mostly perennials – they get their feet down deep and do very well. I love the alliums, bees really work them, they love purple and yellows, the colours that are out at the beginning of the year when nectar’s so important. They love herbs – thyme, comfrey, catmint, all the salvias, and sage family – and laburnum. They like simple flowers, open flowers. Often petals will have ultra-violet markings which we can’t see but the bees can, they guide the bee into the centre of the flower.”

Vicky Andrews, beekeeper