With the recent installation of a large bee Apiary in our Colma Growing Grounds, we are helping to improve the health of all of our plants and trees. This exciting new addition provides consistent plant pollination from an actively-managed, on-site bee community that results in healthier plants for both you and your customers.
Our acres of plants and trees provide bees with a very diverse food source that is ready to pollinate and in need of their unique skills. And because we have so many California native plants in our growing grounds, our nursery offers bee pollinators just what they’re looking for.
Our contribution to healthier plants for Bay Area landscapesThis important addition to our facility was the result of a mutually beneficial partnership that blossomed with the bee experts from Alvéole.
Alvéole was looking for an ideal, rural place to host a large number of bee hives that could be rotated in and out of the many Bay Area urban locations where they manage bees for their clients.
By adding a large-scale apiary to our facilities, we could both assist Alvéole with their bee habitat needs and make a considered contribution to a healthier, more sustainable Bay Area ecosystem.
We also saw our partnership with Alvéole as an opportunity to help support our community of Landscape Pros and help them succeed with our plants and their clients.
Laurie Davies Adams | Executive Director, Pollinator Partnership
A daily feast for hungry beesKnown for their ability to fly long distances in search of food, bees would rather avoid long commutes to pollinate plants.
And when a variety of diverse plants and trees are nearby, bees reduce the amount of energy and time required to do their essential work. The result is they increase their pollination volume and thereby produce a lot more honey.
The US Department of Agriculture | USDA discloses that habitat loss, disease, parasites, and environmental contaminants have all contributed to the decline of many species of pollinators—including bees.
According to the experts at Alvéole and the USDA, when bees have a wide variety of plants and trees to choose from, their intake of essential nutrients increases. This diverse food source in our nursery helps not only to sustain bee health but also contributes to the well-being of all of us.
Pacific Horticulture reveals more about this mutually beneficial and symbiotic relationship—where one or both parties rely on the other to survive—in an informative article on the benefits of native bees in our landscapes.
Dylan McNair | Lead Beekeeper, Alvéole
Lots of buzz throughout Bay Area landscapesClick through the gallery below to get familiar with some of the many bees that pollinate our plants + trees throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for healthier plants.
How pollination enables plant reproduction + sustains lifeBees work happily and tirelessly to pollinate plants, trees, flowers, and food crops—including all of the plants in our nursery.
When bees pollinate plants, they transfer pollen from the male parts of the flower to the female parts, allowing the plant to produce seeds and fruit. Bees collect nectar and pollen from flowers, which they use to feed their young and store in their hives through the seasons when flowers are not available.
As they visit flowers, bees inadvertently transfer small amounts of pollen to the soil, which can help to nourish and improve soil quality. This can lead to healthier plants and trees, which are better able to resist disease and pests.
Honey bees live only a few weeks and they work virtually non-stop to visit thousands of flowers to extract nectar. Surprisingly, each bee only produces about a teaspoon of honey for its hive to live on through to the next season.
Without the vital, hard work that bees perform, the plants for your projects would not flower or reproduce. What’s more, many of the natural food systems for sustaining human life would fail.
A growing community hard at work on healthier plantsWith over 4,000 known bee species in North America, every bee plays a vital role. Some bees exist only in small numbers in tiny regions while others are pervasive over widespread areas.
Many bees live solitary or semi-social lives. These bees work hard to build individual, inconspicuous nests for their offspring in hollow plant stems or tunnels underground. These individual contributors rarely interact with other bees during their several-week-long lifespan.
In contrast, the Honey bees in our nursery live and thrive in ever-growing colonies of thousands. In fact, the on-site apiary supports a growing community of over one million bees—each one helping to develop healthier plants.
Will Baldocchi | Pacific Nurseries
Why the bees are not interested in stinging youUnlike the nasty and aggressive Yellow Jackets | Vespula that the University of California identifies as pervasive in our region, Honey bees are vegetarian insects.
The Honey bees at Pacific Nurseries do not seek humans or want to sting anyone as a food source. They live and work with a demeanor of “Don’t mess with me, and I won’t mess with you”.
The seasoned beekeepers from Alvéole provide us with regular on-site monitoring, management, maintenance, and assessment of our bees to ensure that our registered hives comply with their quality assurance program. All of this oversight is designed to support bee health and minimize bee + human risk.
Come on over to Colma to check out the beesAs both a grower and a plant broker, we’re ready to work with you to provide just the right consistently pollinated trees, plants, ground covers, native grasses, and shrubs that will make your project a sustainable landscape of success.
If you would like to check out the bee apiary in our Colma Growing Grounds, we ask that you are respectful and cautious about not disturbing their daily work. These bees are fascinating insects to observe and become more familiar with as they pollinate the plants in our nursery.
Check-in at the office to get directions to the location of the apiary.
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