Grapevine’s City Council unanimously voted on May 5, 2020 to become a Bee City USA®, joining many other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators. The Council’s action is the culmination of months of effort by Keep Grapevine Beautiful and Grapevine Parks and Recreation Department to accomplish this certification. View the full press release here. Find the resolution of City Council of Grapevine, Texas here: Resolution No. 2020- 008 2.
Bee City USA is an initiative of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, with offices across the country. Bee City USA’s mission is to galvanize communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free of insecticides. Pollinators like bumble bees, sweat bees, mason bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, hummingbirds, and many others are responsible for the reproduction of almost ninety percent of the world’s flowering plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume. Check out our recommended native plant species list in the Management Recommendations for Native Insect Pollinators in Texas, Appendix A. (Page 31) for Cross Timbers (pp 36-39) and Texas Blackland Prairies (pp 48-49).
One recommended plant species is milkweed. The following area nurseries sell milkweed plants and seeds best suited to our area:
- Marshall Grain Co. – Hurst
- Blooming Colors Nursery – Grapevine
- Calloways Garden Center & Nursery – Southlake
Stay tuned for information on pollinator-friendly activities the community has accomplished and our integrated pest management plan.
For more information, please contact the Bee City USA liaison, Kathy Nelson at 817.410.3394.