Spring is in the air and the bees are buzzing. Now is the time to visit the Kangaroo Island Gallery in Murray Street, Kingscote to seek out one of Wendy Leonhardt’s fantastical native bee houses.
Kangaroo Island has a number of native bee species, most of them stingless and many are much better at pollinating our native flowers than their more famous introduced Ligurian relatives.
They make their nests in holes bored into timber and Wendy’s whimsical creations give them a wealth of nesting holes to choose from.
You not only get an inspirational work of art in your garden, but you also help to preserve our disappearing native bees and aid the pollination of our native flowers.
The KI Gallery, which is open every day between 10am and 5pm, also carries a wide selection of her equally delightful bird and pygmy possum nesting boxes.
The gallery’s AGM is fast approaching and all local artists are encouraged to consider joining the committee to help steer this entirely volunteer-run enterprise through another year.
It’s an exciting time to get involved as the freshly renovated top gallery will soon be open again with freshly lined and painted walls, new carpet and a new hanging system.