Created in 2015, the Buzzing Gardens program is helping to provide healthy food sources for honey bees across Canada. With more than 35,000 seed kits given away in its first year, the program is helping Canadians plant pollinator-friendly gardens around their homes.
To recognize communities that are supporting healthy honey bees, Buzzing Gardens and Communities in Bloom came together to create the Pollinator-Friendly Community of the Year award.
2015 marked the launch of the award and every entrant—with nominations from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador—was asked to provide information about their pollinator-friendly initiatives. Bees Matter carefully reviewed entrants’ submissions to help them select the winning community.
While there were many strong entries, one community in particular played an extra special role in helping to attract honey bees and other pollinators to their neighbourhood. The winning community of the 2015 Pollinator-Friendly Community of the Year award was Chatham-Kent, Ontario.
The winner was announced at the Commuities in Bloom Annual Symposium and Awards ceremony, in Kamloops, British Columbia between September 30th and October 3rd. Anne Gooch, a volunteer on the local Chatham-Kent Communities in Bloom committee was presented with a certificate from Raymond Carrière, president of Communities in Bloom.
Stay tuned for 2016’s competition!
Anne Gooch of Chatham-Kent is presented with a certificate from Communities in Bloom president, Raymond Carrière.
Chatham-Kent’s local programs demonstrate real commitment to supporting local pollinators with 27 pollinator gardens and more than 100 acres of naturalized areas. They are also very diligent in selecting what to plant near pollinators, with special consideration given to honey bees to create a native habitat that will help them to thrive.
“Communities in Bloom is proud to be involved in the Buzzing Gardens program”, said Raymond Carrière, president of Communities in Bloom. “We were most impressed with the scope of entries: from pollinator friendly gardens to workshops and to educational sessions, they truly demonstrated community engagement in helping to feed the honey bees!”
Congratulations to Chatham-Kent! We look forward to honouring another community as the program continues in 2016.