We rely on honey bees for one-third of our food supply. But climate change, industrial agricultural practices and Colony Collapse Disorder are putting honey bee populations the world over at risk. The good news is that there are actions that we can all take to help save the honey bees.
Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven is a bee research facility and interpretive garden located on the campus the University of California, Davis campus. The garden provides year-round food for honey bees, plus information on their plight and how to plant bee-friendly gardens at home.
To create this outdoor museum of interconnected gardens, I teamed up with designers Donald Sibbett and Chika Kurotaki of the Sibbett Group and landscape architect Ann Baker. Our interpretive plan and design, which included garden names such as "Pollinator Patch," "Honeycomb Hideout," "Nectar Nook" and "Save-the-Bees Sanctuary," was the winner of an international design competition sponsored by Häagen-Dazs® brand ice cream. Our sweet reward for winning? A year's supply of Honey Bee Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Honey Bee ice cream!