The Bees Knees
Pollination - at The Calyx
If you haven’t already done so get yourself to the Pollination exhibition is a free floral display at The Calyx at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
Einstein once said, “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” I’m not sure how true this is, but we at ARD do know how important the bee is to a garden, the eco-system, ecology, the earth.
The Calyx uses both plants and interpretation beautifully to educate visitors about the natural environment. With the plight of the bee and pollination being so topical around the world, the Pollination floral display tells the story from the plant’s point of view. For this exhibit, the focus is only on biotic pollination, in which the pollen is transferred by animals. This method is required by 90% of all plant species.
There are around 200,000 animal species around the globe that act as pollinators. Of these, about 1000 are vertebrates, such as birds, small mammals and bats, and the rest are invertebrates, including flies, beetles, butterflies, moths and bees.
Curated by the horticultural team at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the collection of plants and flowers and a 6 metre high vertical garden wall, spanning 50 metres (the largest of its kind in Australia) showcases the role colour plays in nature’s magnificent act of pollination.
Here are some Fast Facts from The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s Director of Horticultural Management’s Report in the current issue of The Gardens:
- 20,000 species of wild bees exist globally, including many that are rare and threatened.
- 75% of the world’s food crops depend at least in part on pollination for their survival.
- Almost 90% of wild flowering plants depend on pollination by animals and insects to some extent for their survival.
- 1.6 million tonnes of honey is produced from the western honey bee (Apis mellifera) around the world annually.
- 16.5% of vertebrate pollinator species globally are currently threatened with extinction.
- More than 40% of all the invertebrate pollinator species around the world, particularly the bees and butterflies, are currently facing extinction.
- 300% is the increase over the past 50 years in the volume of agricultural production that is dependant on animals for pollination.
- U$235-$577 billion is the annual value of food crops globally that depend directly on pollinators for survival.
Pollination is a free floral display exhibition and can be seen in The Calyx from 10am – 4pm daily until 29 July 2018. Yes, entry is completely free!