Bee City USA

Annapolis Green Plants A Pollinator Garden!(Left to Right) Lynne Forsman (Annapolis Green), Elvia Thompson (Annapolis Green) and Raycine Hodo (City of Annapolis).

(Left to Right) Lynne Forsman (Annapolis Green), Elvia Thompson (Annapolis Green) and Raycine Hodo (City of Annapolis).

In keeping with its mission to connect, inform, and inspire Annapolis residents and businesses to care for the environment, live more responsibly, and create a more beautiful and thriving community, non-profit organization, Annapolis Green, installed a pollinator garden outside their office on Maryland Avenue.  This garden has been designated as a Bee City USA Pollinator Garden because it is pesticide-free and contains a variety of native plants that create a sustainable habitat for pollinators.  The garden includes Milk Weed, a favorite of butterflies, and flowering plants attractive to bees   This garden also contains flowering plants that provide a small crop of vegetables, including tomatoes, cucumbers, and pepper plants.

In 2016, the City of Annapolis was designated as a Bee City USA affiliate in partnership with Anne Arundel County and the Town of Highland Beach, Maryland.  Bee City USA is a nonprofit national organization that raises awareness of the role pollinators play in sustaining three-quarters of the world’s plant species and what each of us can do to provide healthy pollinator habitat.  By becoming a Bee City USA affiliate the City of Annapolis committed to promote healthy, sustainable habitats for bees and other pollinators such as moths, butterflies, beetles, and bats. 

Bees and other pollinators around the globe have experienced dramatic declines due to a combination of habitat loss, use of pesticides, spread of pests and diseases, and reduced genetic diversity. Through policies and education, the City of Annapolis furthers the goal of creating habitats that sustain pollinators by choosing a diversity of native flowering plants rather than exotic plants, avoiding pesticides, and leaving areas natural for nesting.  Congratulations Annapolis Green for setting the example for the rest of the Annapolis community and welcome to the City of Annapolis’ Bee City program.