Native Bee Workshop

Sylvia Cornwell, ‘The Mad Bee Lady’, introduces you to this diverse and fascinating group of insects and importance of native bees to our ecosystems.

One of the biggest challenges for the future of our natural heritage is arresting the decline in biodiversity due to habitat loss, change in land use and climate change. Making a home for native bees is a great way to start increasing biodiversity in your backyard.

Sylvia Cornwell, proudly known as ‘The Mad Bee Lady’, has been keeping honeybees for 40 years and is a passionate and informed advocate of all things concerning bees. Sylvia will introduce you to this diverse and fascinating group of insects with a dynamic discussion about the ecology and importance of native bees to our ecosystems.

This workshop includes a delicious morning tea and a guided tour of Retford Park’s beautiful gardens, a fantastic chance to learn how you can make your garden more bee friendly, as well as a copy of “Introduction to Australian Native Bees” by Dr Anne Dollin, Australian Native Bee Research Centre, 2017.


Photos (L-R): Sylvia Cornwell, the ‘Mad Bee Lady’. Photo Ann Frederick; Blue branded bee. Photo courtesy Sylvia Cornwell; Native bee workshop at Retford Park.


Event details

Native Bee Workshop runs from 9:30am – 11:30am on Friday 18 November 2022.


How to book your tickets

Tickets: Members $55, adults $65, concession $60.

Book via Eventbrite, where possible, to guarantee a spot.

This workshop regularly sells out. If this occurs, please email Aly McAuliffe on to add your name to a waiting list.

Plan your Visit

Retford Park


1325 Old South Road, Bowral
(See directions above)


Gardens: Thursday - Sunday, 10am – 4pm
House Tours: Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am & 12.30pm


Friday 24 to Monday 26 December 2022, Saturday 31 December 2022
Sunday 1 January 2023

02 4861 1933
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