The Urban Bee Project was created on Ground Hog Day, February 2nd, 2011 in Seattle Washington.   Rolande Chesebro, a garden designer, Laurie Gardner an educator and gardener, and Lauren Montgomery, a beekeeper and gardener joined together to promote a vibrant and healthy habitat for bees and people.   Our project is twofold:  to promote gardening for bees and other pollinators, and to discourage chemical pesticide use and encourage green alternatives.   We will accomplish these goals through community awareness, education and events.


7 Responses to About

  1. Suzanne Krom says:

    Thank you for this great website. Your pollinator plant list is the best month-by-month guide we’ve found — after searching for several weeks. I volunteer for the the UW’s Elisabeth Miller Library and we will be including this list in our files. We are wondering if you are still maintaining this site. Please email me to let me know.

  2. Lisa Whitley says:

    Hi there,

    Can you give me some advice? I have bees living in the wall of my house! There seem to be quite a large number of them coming and going. I don’t want to kill them. I garden, and I’ve hoping to encourage bees in my neighborhood. Most of them disappeared a few years ago. There are many that have returned now, but this particular type of bee is living in my house and I’m not sure if that is good for the house!

    Do you know who I could call to check on my bees, to see if they are a real problem?


    Lisa Whitley

  3. Nancy says:

    Where can I find a class on top bar bee keeping? A class or mentor are acceptable. I want to get ready for next year’s season.

  4. Angie Maier says:

    Hi. I have found what I believe to be red banded bumblebees living in an outside wall of my home. Are these bees safe to humans and their homes? If not, what is the best way to relocate them?
    Thank you,

  5. Christian Walsh says:

    Hi Rolande, Laurie and Lauren. Great work love your site and philosophy.
    Wanted to let you know abot a project we are trying to develop which we hope will help educators in particular and urban beekeepers generally share the story of bees.
    It is a wifi hive scale and app. Details here:
    Interested in your thoughts and feedback.
    best regards,
    Christian Walsh.

  6. Taylor says:

    What if i add or use a little bit of coconut sugar

  7. Leo Leonardo says:

    I am in the process of writing an article for a neighborhood newsletter on the dangers of pre and post-emergents, pre-emergents very popular come February with landscapers, home gardeners, and landscaping companies. My question is this: Can you refer me to any website or scholarly article dealing with the uptake of pre-emergent toxins in ornamental plants, i.e. roses, rhododendrons, various woody flowering plants the grounds around which same plants are regularly soaked/pelleted with pre-emergents? My question has to do with the pollen and nectar produced by these flowering plants, and whether this pollen and nectar is indeed toxic to bees as a result of pesticide applications to the root zone? These pesticides persist, some for years, and are abundant in streams from run-off. My assumption is an automatic, of course bees are affected by pre and post emergents, however in order not to negate my entire argument about non-target species getting weakened (or dying) I have been asked to refer to some study linking this process of pre- and post- emergent applications for weed control beneath flowering ornamentals, whose flowers are then visited by bees, etc. I am not talking about neo-nicotinoids, which already have plenty of articles, but specifically what is the toxicity to bees eating the pollen and nectar of ornamental flowers–and one presumes that bees of various stripes also eat ornamental flowers in suburban gardens and in various landscaped settings. If you know where to look or have any insight on this, please let me know. This may be a matter of phone discussion, so please do feel free to call me, or let me know when convenient to call you. Leo Leonardo, SW Portland, Oregon

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