Horticultural Research Institute publishes bee-friendly plant lists

March 7, 2017 -  By

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of AmericanHort, released a new publication providing research-based tree and shrub recommendations for supporting bee health, titled “Plants Bees Like Best.” This resource is the most recent addition to the ongoing pollinator-health tools provided by HRI.

“The industry asked us for research-based plant recommendations for pollinator supportive plants,” said Jennifer Gray, research administrator for AmericanHort. “We’re pleased to fill the need for that information in time for spring sales.”

Developed by leading scientists at the University of Kentucky and based on research funded by HRI, this publication can help retailers influence purchasing habits and connect their customers to a movement that benefits the environment, the research affiliate said.

Resources in the toolkit include:

  • Print-on-demand point-of-purchase signs, bench cards and plant tags;
  • Sample communications timeline with best practice public relations ideas;
  • Sample social media messages and save-and-use graphics;
  • Save-and-use consumer flyer; and
  • Best management practices guide for bee health in the horticultural industry.

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