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Apr 16, 2018 7:30 PM CST

I'm planning an outdoor wedding reception this summer at our home. Need ideas for ways to keep bees and wasps away from the party. Suggestions of kinds of plants and flowers used for container gardening would be helpful as well as plants that naturally repel bees and wasps. Help!!!!!
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Apr 17, 2018 7:48 AM CST
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
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I don't know of any but welcome!! I hope you have a wonderful wedding!!

Mindi Welcome!
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Apr 17, 2018 10:01 AM CST
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
Birds Region: Canadian Clematis Lilies Peonies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Tutusmoopuna: Welcome to the forums. If bees and wasps are that much of an issue in your area, why not rent one or two of those huge tents, which will keep the rain out, and are screened on all sides. You can put your flowers around the entrance (great photo op) or inside or both. You can set it up on your front lawn. Rent the chairs and tables also. Yacht Clubs do it, a lot of people do it. Check it out! Cheers.
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Apr 17, 2018 10:08 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
You might try incorporating strong smelling plants in your tabletop flowers - here's an article that list some:

https://www.mnn.com/your-home/...
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Apr 17, 2018 12:51 PM CST
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
Birds Region: Canadian Clematis Lilies Peonies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Roses Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner: 2017
I was unable to find a single suggestion on the http://mnn.com/your-home/ site listed above, which claimed to ward off bees and or wasps? From my own experience, bees love my lavender. Cheers!
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Apr 17, 2018 1:01 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
Oops - you are correct Frank. I just did a search for 'bee repellent plants' pulled up this article and looked at the pretty pictures. I didn't really read it because I'm not bothered by bees or wasps. My bad. And when you think of it, most plants work hard to attract pollinators, so not sure what might repel them. Maybe work in an opposite way: make flower arrangements with known pollinator attractants and place those at the perimeter of the event.

The wedding people may end up with those bee/wasp traps, some of the glass ones are not as ugly as the plastic ones. Or as you had suggested, a screened tent, but those can be spendy to rent.
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