Jaime Pawelek, BS

Native Bee Biologist and Garden Educator

As a native bee biologist and avid gardener, Jaime loves teaching people about bees, as well as designing gardens for bees and other pollinators. She currently works as a bee taxonomist (identifying bees to species) at UC Berkeley, where she got her B.S. in Conservation and Resources Studies. Jaime spent several years traveling all over California (and Costa Rica!) studying the relationships between bees and their favorite flowers. She has given educational talks to Master Gardeners, Native Plant Society Chapters, Beekeeper Associations, garden clubs, and schools ... she loves sharing her passion for pollinators.

Jaime began taking classes at Gathering Thyme in the summer of 2016 and started caring for one of the herbal gardens as part of her studies. Growing her own medicine has helped her expand her botanical knowledge and has given her a new love of plants for their nourishment and healing properties. Jaime has been gardening professionally for several years and specializes in growing organic food, cut flowers, herbs, fruit, pollinator plants, native plants and now medicinal herbs! She has been amazed to learn that most of her favorite bee-plants are also valuable medicinal plants, like California poppy, gumplant, and calendula. For more about Jaime, please visit: Wild Bee Garden Design

Jaime shares her vast knowledge of pollinators and growing medicinal plants for our herbal programs as well as the general public.