Friday is Earth Day, and UNC Asheville and the Asheville Design Center will celebrate by unveiling a new structure to be built on campus, and dubbed the “Bee Hotel.” Long live the bees. More from UNCA’s press release:
On Earth Day, Friday, April 22 at 11 a.m., UNC Asheville and Asheville Design Center will announce and celebrate their collaboration the “Bee Hotel,” a new structure to be erected on campus. UNC Asheville is also celebrating its recent designation as a Bee Campus USA.
With bee populations declining, this structure will act as a resting place and nursery for solitary pollinators. These pollinators play a vital role in the growth of fruits and vegetables, plants and flowers. Attendees of the celebration will receive pollinator-friendly plant seedlings.
The announcement will take place at UNC Asheville’s Glass House, adjacent to Ramsey Library.
This Summer’s Project
This summer, we will be working with the University of North Carolina-Asheville to build a “bee hotel” near an established pollinator garden on campus. With bee populations declining, there has been a call for the building of bee hotels, man-made contraptions that act as a resting place and nursery for solitary pollinators. While they may not produce honey, these pollinators still play a vital role in the growth of fruits and vegetables, plants and flowers.
We will be working with UNC-Asheville’s Office of Sustainability, as well as their Biology Department to design and build a structure that will serve as a model for bee-friendly communities around the country.