Easy Bee Watering Station

A bee visits about 2,000 flowers on an average day; imagine how thirsty they get on a hot day! They work very hard pollinating our vegetables and flowers. It's not always easy for them to find a clean, shallow water source to drink from. butterfly haven Fresh, clean water keeps the bees hydrated, helps to cool them during warm weather, and is used to dissolve crystalized honey when producing larval food. Providing a bee watering station near your flowers and vegetables is easy!


  • A clean, shallow basin such as a saucer or other dish.
  • Marbles or small rocks
  • Fresh water


  1. First, fill shallow basin with rocks or marbles, spreading material evenly to avoid deeper sections of water. Bees can drown in water that is too deep.
  2. Next, fill container with fresh water.
  3. Place the bee water-garden near varieties that attract bees, including bachelor's buttons, bee balm, calendula, cosmos, echinacea, hyssop, larkspur, milkweed, morning glories, poppies, rudbeckia, salvia, sunflowers, and zinnias.
  4. Keep your bee-water garden out of direct sun. Clean and refill often.

We'd love to see how creative you get with your bee water-garden. Hashtag your creations with #botanicalinterests.

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5 out of 5 stars Feb 26, 2021
What a great idea! A bee watering hole. I will look forward to making one or more of these, this season. I like the idea of snuggling them into flowerbeds near their favorite hosts. Thank you so much for this idea.
Chris S. from PA

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5 out of 5 stars Mar 31, 2022
Is there a way to do this but prevent mosquitoes with their disease spreading nature?
Cheryl from OK
Owner Response: Hi Cheryl, Yes, we recommend that you clean and refill the bee watering station often (weekly or more frequently) which will prevent mosquitos.

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5 out of 5 stars Apr 5, 2022
Should the bee station be up off of the ground? Or can it be directly in the flower bed?
Diane from MN
Owner Response: Hi Diane, It can be directly in the flower bed or off the ground.

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5 out of 5 stars Apr 7, 2022
Be careful not to allow your watering station to go dry. Bees are looking for a consistent water source, and if it dries up they will not return.
Sarah from TX

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5 out of 5 stars Jun 7, 2022
What a CUUUUTE idea!
Faith from ID

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5 out of 5 stars Jun 10, 2022
We have the tray off the bottom of one of our large pots that we fill half with stones for the Bees and the other half is a nice shallow pool for the smaller birds to bathe in. We have it nestled in the garden so when I water it gets rinsed out and fresh water added.
Shari from WA

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