Earth Day Action Request: Buying Bee Safe Plants

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When you go to a nursery to buy plants for your landscape this year, do you know if they have been treated with insecticides that may actually kill the bees, butterflies, and birds that you wanted to attract to you yard.  While there has been an outcry that neonics should not be used by the Big Box Store companies and they are heading the demand to stop using.   Many plants by law are required to be treated with a pesticide if they are crossing state borders to prevent the spread of noxious/invasive pests.  

It’s important that the nurseries hear that we are interested in pesticide free plants being sold, particularly native plants.  You can participate in an Earth Day Action sponsored by Xerces Society to learn more about Buying Bee-Safe Plants.  Take an additional action step to sign-up to go to your local nursey and talk to the plant manager about their IPM (integrated pest management) practices and share why it is important that you purchase pesticide free plants.  You can also share with them the information about Offering Bee-Safe Nursery Plants: A Guide for Nurseries

Learn more on the topic here: Bee-Safe Nursery Plants | Xerces Society

Talk to you Nursery!  They are more motivated to sell pesticide free plants, if they hear from their customers that this is desired.

  • Ask for USDA certified organic plants and seeds,
  • Avoid plants grown with neonicotinoids and similar insecticides,
  • Shop at nurseries that practice pollinator-friendly pest management, and/or
  • Grow your own plants.

Xerces is organizing two Days of Action in 2022: Saturday April 23 and Saturday May 21. Gardeners like yourself are taking just a few minutes to ask nursery managers for plants free of pesticides that might harm pollinators. The idea is to turn out in force asking for bee-safe plants – wherever you live. Since February 2021, pollinator advocates have committed to contact their nurseries in nearly 60 cities! Join us –  we need your voices!

You can visit, call, or write to your local garden center or nursery, to ask for plants free of pesticides that could hurt pollinators. Let us know if you plan to talk to your nursery at this link.


This event is not sponsored by NorthOakland Wild Ones or Wild Ones National, but we wanted to share events happening in the area with a similar mission.

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