What could this ‘bee’? Pollinator committee, design institute partner on ‘Bee City USA’ designation

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The latest design buzz for Columbus builds on landscape architecture this spring and summer.

Columbus Pollinator Committee, with the Columbus Design Institute serving as a programming collaborator and fiscal agent, will launch free public programs to pursue a “Bee City USA” designation for Columbus from the Xerces Society.

More than 200 communities nationwide currently boast such a designation. Bee City communities support landscape collaboration and establish and maintain healthy pollinator habitats.

The official launch of this effort will be a volunteer event at Fresh Start Recovery Center at 703 Washington St. in downtown Columbus during United Way of Bartholomew County’s Day of Service on May 21.

Fresh Start Recovery Center’s lawn will be redesigned by Columbus-based landscape architect Rachel Kavathe of Loci Creative to feature hundreds of beneficial native plants and flowers.

The landscape will offer vital food to endangered local pollinators, such as butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and more. The plants will be purchased in partnership with the local Winding Waters Sierra Club chapter, with funds provided by a grant from Duke Energy Foundation.

For the complete story, see Friday’s Republic.