When you’re in the garden this week, be sure to thank a bee. That’s what Pollinator Week is all about.
The third week in June is designated as National Pollinator Week and there are celebrations planned from coast to coast to raise awareness of the valuable contribution provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and beetles.
Pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food that we eat.
In the U.S. bees alone undertake the astounding task of pollinating over $15 billion in added crop value, particularly for specialty crops such as almonds and other nuts, berries, fruits, and vegetables.
In northern Colorado, the Colorado State Beekeepers Association, Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association, Boulder County Beekeepers Association and BBB Seed Company are partnering with 16 nurseries, garden centers, and stores for a special event on Saturday, June 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Beekeepers will be on hand to provide pollinator information and answer questions at these locations:
Locations in Larimer County include:
- Downtown Ace Hardware, Fort Collins
- Fort Collins Nursery, Fort Collins
- Fossil Creek Nursery, Fort Collins
- Gulley Greenhouse, Fort Collins
- Bath Garden Center, Fort Collins
- Gardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins
- JAX Ranch & Home, Fort Collins
- JAX, Loveland
- Gateway Garden Center, Loveland
- Rabbit Shadow Greenhouse, Loveland
- Orchards Ace Hardware, Loveland
- L & M Garden Center, Berthoud
Locations in Boulder County include:
- Flower Bin, Longmont
- JAX, Lafayette
- McGuckin Hardware, Boulder
- Whole Foods–Boulder
If you’re in the neighborhood of one of these locations, please stop by this week, pick up some flowering plants and learn about the vital role of bees and other pollinators.