Bee City USA®

City of Gainesville

Bee City USA has designated the City of Gainesville as an official Bee City USA®, and a committee began to help promote pollinator conservation in the community. Gainesville joins cities and campuses across the country united to improve landscapes for pollinators at a time when bee populations remain threatened by disease, habitat loss, climate change and other factors. 

The City has authorized the Florida Wildflower Foundation to convene the committee, an advisory group to City staff, to begin its work raising public awareness about the vital role of pollinators. The committee also will meet to discuss policy changes around pest management practices, and recommended programs to create or expand pollinator-friendly habitat. 

Inaugural Bee City Garden Installed at Grow Hub

The first official Bee City garden planting was held on Saturday, October 21. Volunteers came out to help plant native plants for pollinators! Check out images from the day here. More information about the garden and a plant list can be found here.

Grow Hub is a non-profit nursery and community space located in east Gainesville. Landscape design services were provided by Zamia Design, a Gainesville-based landscape architecture firm with a commitment to native plants and sustainability.

Public meetings

Next meeting date: The next public meeting is Aug 29, 10:00am – 11:30am.

Location: Headquarters Branch of the Alachua County Libraries
401 E University Ave., Gainesville 32601

Public input is welcome and encouraged.

To receive copies of previous meeting minutes, please contact Marina Mertz at

Get involved

To learn more about the Bee City Gainesville initiative, to receive email notification of upcoming meetings and events, or to volunteer, contact Marina Mertz at