bee signsWe are reviewing/considering moving forward with a pollinator garden at The Galena Visitor Center. Please find attached plans and information regarding this bee garden.I feel we could create curriculum to tie into the bee garden and hotel that would enrich the existing programs, classes and events you host currently for The Great Basin Institute.bee hotel 3Thank you for working to help make Reno parks a safer environment for our community as well as local wildlife, bees and our pets.Please find attached landscape plans for 3 pollinator friendly parks created by Jana Vanderhaar, Sandy Rowley, Linda Allison and other Bee Habitat volunteers.stingless beesWe have a combined 40 years experience with organic and permaculture based landscaping services.The existing plants are great foraging for pollinators and we plan to keep them in the garden. We will be adding complimentary plantsto fill in areas to prevent  weed growth and maximize existing visual appeal of the garden. *See attached list ofneonicotinoid free plants to be used in the new garden.beeeeesPlease see attached 3 sample pollinator garden plans as ideas free to use as you wish.Our goals are to weed the flower bed, then apply an organic compost tea before planting new flowers and shrubs.After installing new plants, we will then apply a thick layer of composting materials. This will help minimize new weeds from takingroot. The compost tea along with organic mulch will help build the quality of the soil, thus fending off weed growth.bee gardens 6We would then install a stingless bee hotel as visual interest for the park. These bee hotels are for non aggressive solitary and stingless bees.See sample bee hotels designs in this post.create a bee hotelSignage is an important part of the work, resources, money and time we are donating to the GBI. Pesticide Free Pollinator Garden by Bee Habitat, Great Basin Institute & Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors.  Please see attached and images below as examples.signs for beesMaintenance would require water and mulching 2 or 3 times a year.Last but not least, the center would need to agree in writing to not use any chemicals in the management of this garden. This includes all pesticides, herbicides, slimicides, adulticides and the like.bumble beeesReno/Sparks Association of Realtor’s has expressed interest in helping maintain this garden if needed.We would like to start in a week.  Hope to hear from you soon.3 Pollinator Garden TemplatesAlternatives to deadly chemicalsBee Friendly Plant ListAll the best,Sandy RowleyBee HabitatReno/Sparks Association of Realtors775 453 6120queen bee reno 2014