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.

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  1. 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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