Lake City had the honor of becoming South Carolina’s first “Bee City USA” community in November of 2015 and local bee enthusiasts are ensuring the city keeps this important recognition for generations to come. City Administrator Shawn Bell, city horticulturist and beekeeper Katie Dickson, and Moore Farms Botanical Garden’s Education and Events Department staff Rebecca Turk and Kelli Meeker support this mission. In the past year, efforts have been made to bolster the pollinator-friendly plantings at the Community Museum Society office with perennials, wildflowers, and flowering shrubs, and trees. Moore Farms Botanical Garden hosted an engaging summer camp last June to educate local children on the benefits of honeybees and other native pollinators, and similar presentations are given to local garden clubs throughout the year. Efforts are underway to present various bee and honey-related products in the local marketplace.
Lake City has also been awarded a Tree City USA designation for the sixth consecutive year. We are particularly proud of this recognition as our region has been pummeled with severe weather events for several years in a row, but we bounce back and continue to prioritize our trees and city beautification despite the destructive forces. The horticulture staff from Moore Farms Botanical Garden spearheads these efforts to keep our historic downtown public spaces looking vibrantly beautiful.
MOORE FARMS BOTANICAL GARDEN SENIOR HORTICULTURIST