Current Bee City Businesses
Bee City Canada recognizes these businesses and non-profit organizations for their ongoing commitment to protecting pollinators.
The Friends and Stewards of Dorchester Park
The Friends and Stewards of Dorchester Park are a grass-roots group of volunteers dedicated to restoring, maintaining, and protecting nearby nature in their local city park for the mutual benefit of present and future generations of community members including humans, and the native flora and fauna dependent on this urban habitat. The stewardship group operates as an official member of the City of Brampton’s Adopt-A-Park program, and is supported by contributions from community members, a consulting Ecologist, and the City of Brampton.
B Sweet Honey Nature Co.
Marion and Richard Robertson are the co-owners. They started out as beekeepers but quickly learned that they needed to plant pesticide free, native plants, shrubs and trees to provide the bees with the best and healthiest food possible, and before they knew it, they started a nursery business specializing in Carolinian trees, shrubs and pollinator plants. Marion Robertson is a fine writer and an excellent speaker. Below is an excerpt from one of her excellent articles recently published.
“Last year was an exciting year when we launched our assisted tree migration program and expanded our Ontario seed sourcing. It was a big step and now we are letting this ‘ simmer ‘ with the plant industry and the general public.This year, we want to move our honey farm forward by taking well known agricultural ideas and crops and using them in a more unconventional way. We want to become ‘ Farm for Pollinators ‘. By farming for all pollinators, native and honeybee, the honey bee business and nursery will benefit.”
Established in Quebec in 2004, Bleu Lavande takes advantage of the microclimate in the heart of Fitch Bay’s spectacularly beautiful rolling countryside to grow lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and produce a range of products for the body and home. All products are made in Canada using natural origin ingredients, not tested on animals and free of parabens, petroleum products and artificial fragrances. Bee City Canada is excited to be partnering with Bleu Lavande to promote the protection of pollinators!
A sister of the earth, Catherine Dowdell bring vitality to your plants. She is a certified arborist, Red Seal landscape horticulturalist, certified sustainable landscape and urban forestry professional. Specialties include sustainable, edible and naturalized landscapes, including food forest and agro-forestry design, using organic practices and ecological principles.
In Our Nature
In Our Nature is a natural garden and landscape design company which strives to bring nature back into our gardens and landscapes. They design and create gardens with a strong focus on native plants and creating habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. They envision a future where landscapes and gardens are not only designed to be beautiful, but also support a diverse population of pollinators and other beneficial wildlife to ensure a healthy environment for all.
Posy Lane Flowers
Posy Lane Flowers is a Toronto-based floral design studio offering flower subscriptions and made-to-order custom arrangements to the GTA. Locally grown and ethically sourced blooms are used for their stunning floral designs, which promise fresh and elegant flowers with lasting power. Many of these blooms come from small scale growers who specialize in unique, seasonal and heirloom varieties that are often not available through flower shops that rely on imported blooms. Posy Lane Flowers supports Bee City Canada by making a donation for every sale.
TAU Markets are big proponents of organic agriculture. They are keenly aware of the importance of leaving a healthy environment for future generations and the critical role of pollinators in maintaining rich, biodiverse ecosystems. As part of their efforts to protect pollinators and nature, they will be hosting educational events at their five store locations as well as working with local organizations to encourage urban agriculture.
Greenwood United Church
There are many good reasons why Greenwood United Church in Peterborough, Ontario, is called a “Green Church.” In addition to the numerous plantings for pollinators and two hives on the large property, the community canvassed the neighbourhood to ask homeowners to avoid using pesticides. We are happy to designate Greenwood UC the first Bee City Faith Community in Canada!
This grocery store in Surrey, BC, wants to make a difference in their local community. Its goal is to collaborate with area schools to establish pollinator and edible gardens and, in doing so, help the students and other community members to better understand the importance of pollinators and the need to act together to protect them. We wholeheartedly thank the Organic Grocer for advocating for pollinators and the environment.
Kawartha Settlers’ Village
Visitors to Kawartha Settlers’ Village, a once thriving farm that is now a fascinating collection of historic homes, artifacts and buildings, can learn about traditional beekeeping, the way the pioneers did it! The village also features naturalized and garden areas, including Environmental Park and a nature trail, with wildflowers, shrubs and trees that are important to pollinators.
Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre
Wild at Heart is a charitable, volunteer-based organization whose dedicated team works to rehabilitate and return northern Ontario’s injured, sick, and orphaned animals back to the wild. The organization also believes in educating visitors about the key role of pollinators in maintaining thriving ecosystems and a new pollinator garden, which opened is 2017, is a focal point for many educational activities.
The Calgary Zoo
The grounds of the Calgary Zoo host thousands of nectar-rich native plants, with varying and overlapping bloom times, and floral shapes to satisfy a diverse population of pollinators. Also, zoo visitors learn about pollinators through interpretive signage, interactive programs and educational workshops. For these and other reasons, the Calgary Zoo has been recognized as first Bee City Business in Alberta.
West Queen West
West Queen West created Toronto’s first bee-friendly streetscape, lining a section of Queen Street with large, artfully decorated, concrete planters and bee hotels that make pollinators feel at home in Canada’s largest city. The BIA also organizes educational events where the local community can learn about gardening for pollinators. For this, Bee City Canada has recognized West Queen West as the first Canadian Bee Business.
The Bee Shop
In addition to offering a wide selection of locally sourced, honey and bee products, The Bee Shop believes in educating the public about the importance and beauty of pollinators. Through their Young Beekeepers Club, they teach children about plants, bee friendly gardening and beekeeping. Oliver Couto, the business owner, is also an instructor of beekeeping at Toronto Botanical Gardens and the Kortright Centre.
Tees For Bees
Tees For Bees creates buzz about saving the bees with some funky tee shirts. Their aim is to bring the cause to the mainstream and raise awareness among groups that would not usually be knowledgeable about bees and pollinators. They also donate 10% of their profits to support Bee City Canada and participate in community outreach projects and educating young children.