Supporting honey bees

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Dear Sloat Gardeners,

In recent months we’ve heard from customers about the need to support honey bees. We too have been concerned and have extensively researched the potential adverse effects on honey bees, in part from the use of neonicotinoid sprays and drenches (Neonics). The importance of pollinators in our environment is unchallenged and we will continue to do our part to help you find the right plants to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.

We have felt it necessary to address these concerns with the growers we purchase plants from. After months of discussions, we are pleased to announce that the following flower, perennial and vegetable growers have never or no longer use any neonicotinoid sprays:

Annies Annuals, Bloom’s Nursery, Cal Color Growers, Flatland Flower Farm, John’s Nursery, Kawahara Nursery, Sebastopol Growers, Soquel Nursery Growers, Suncrest Nurseries and Upstarts Organic Seedlings.

We are training our staff to easily identify plants that will better help you build a supportive environment for pollinators around your home. When you ask us, “are these plants bee friendly”?….with the help of these committed growers, the answer will be a resounding “yes”!

To further our goal of supporting pollinators, I urge you to join us in planting pollinator friendly plants.

Thanks for choosing to garden with us.

Dave Stoner, President

Sloat Garden Center

2 comments on "Supporting honey bees"

  • Betty Beil

    Please tell about telling difference between true bees and criters that are really flies but imitate bees.

  • Sloat Garden Center

    Hi Betty – There are 3 main differences between bees and fly mimics (most all of which are beneficial – their larvae prey on aphids and other soft-bodied insect pests or they are pollinators themselves).

    1. Bees have two pairs of wings (2 wings on each side) and flies only have one pair (1 wing on each side). 2. Bees have pollen collection sacs on their back legs and flies do not. 3. Bees have longer antennae with a decided bend in each one. Flies have shorter stubbier antennae and often they are not readily discernible.

    Hope this helps!

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