Bee City

Lake City, South Carolina’s First Bee City USA

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 horticulturist and beekeeper Katie Dickson, along with Moore Farms Botanical Garden’s Education and Events Department staff Rebecca Turk, Kelli Meeker, and Nina Franklin support this mission. Continual efforts have been made to bolster the pollinator-friendly plantings at the Community Museum Society office with flowering perennials and shrubs. This building’s landscape serves as the official Bee City USA pollinator garden for the community. Each summer Moore Farms Botanical Garden hosts an engaging summer camp to educate locals and tourists 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. Please visit SC Now Morning News for their wonderful article on Lake City becoming South Carolina’s first certified Bee City USA!

In 2017 the community of Lake City, South Carolina expanded their commitment to identifying areas that could be made more pollinator-friendly and also bolstering existing downtown pocket gardens with bee, butterfly, and hummingbird favorites. Perennials included several species of bee balm (Monarda citriodora and M. didyma), native milkweeds (Asclepias tuberosa, A. syriaca and A. incarnata), speedwells (Veronica), swamp hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus), red and blue cardinal flowers (Lobelia cardinalis and L. siphilitica), scarlet sage (Salvia coccinea), and aromatic herbs such as rosemary (Rosmarinus) and thyme (Thymus). Directly sown seed annuals like zinnias (Zinnia) and cosmos (Cosmos) also vibrantly filled out warm season plantings. Please visit Bee City USA Reports for the full 2017 Annual Report for Lake City, South Carolina.

In 2018, muralist Matt Wiley created a delightful tableau of realistic honeybees on the old NAPA building at the corner of S. Acline and Thomas Streets. During National Pollinator week, local students and Boys and Girls Club participants planted an array of pollinator attracting perennials around the perimeter of the painted building. This served to dress up an unattractive street corner, attract pollinators, spark enthusiasm for beneficial insects, and blend horticulture and art into one. Please visit SC Now Morning News for an incredible interview with Mr. Wiley.

If you would like to get involved with Pollinator Week or other special city projects, contact Katie Dickson at kdickson@moorefarmsbg.org.

BEE CITY HELPFUL RESOURCES

Xerces Society Southeastern pollinator-attracting plant list.
Beyond Pesticides website is a good resource for understanding Least Toxic Pest Management methodologies.

KATIE DICKSON
MOORE FARMS BOTANICAL GARDEN SENIOR HORTICULTURIST

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Tree City Usa  

Tree City USA

Lake City has also been awarded a Tree City USA designation for the seventh 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. A component of retaining Tree City certification is publicly celebrating Arbor Day, which in South Carolina falls on the first Friday of December. This is observed the entire week prior, with school tree plantings, classroom art and essay contests, and a town proclamation.

Tree City USA is greening communities across the country! Please visit their website for additional information about this incredible program.