Bumble bee on wingstem

Phyllis Stiles

Growing up in the mountains of North Carolina, bee stings were a regular occurrence. Once stung, you knew the power of the bee, but for most of us, the pain and tears from a sting were a part of childhood. Read more


Purple Coneflower

Sow True photo

I hold the firm belief that while a natural green thumb can come in handy, it is the willingness to get dirty hands that is the superior characteristic of a successful gardener. Read more



Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

I was 50 years old, 50 feet up a tree, when 50,000 bees fell on my head. That many bees weigh more than you might think—maybe four or five pounds. Read more