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Bee-friendly Garden Design Competition Launched
December 9, 2008

Haagen-Dazs has announced that it is making a $125,000 donation to the UC Davis Department of Entomology to launch a nationwide design competition to create a one-half acre Honey Bee Haven garden at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis.

From that gift, $65,000 will be used to establish the garden. Haagen-Dazs and UC Davis will determine how the balance of the gift can best be used to benefit the health of honey bee populations.

The garden will include a seasonal variety of blooming plants that will provide a year-round food source for honey bees. It is intended to be a living laboratory supporting research into the nutritional needs and natural feeding behaviors of honey bees and other insect pollinators.

Garden Design Competition

The garden design competition funded by the Haagen-Dazs brand is being coordinated by the California Center for Urban horticulture at UC Davis. It is open to anyone who can create a proposal by using basic landscape design principles.

Design submissions for the competition should describe a one-half-acre garden that can be installed for $65,000 or less. Submissions must include a site plan, planting plan, maintenance program and construction cost estimate.

The plans should include plant species that provide forage for honey bees, a bee-accessible water source, and environmentally friendly paths for visitors. More design specifications and lists of bee-appropriate plants can be found at the UC Davis Department of Entomology Website.

Design plans for the Honey Bee Haven garden must be received at UC Davis by Jan. 30, 2009. More information on the design competition can be obtained from Melissa Borel, program manager at UC Davis’ California Center for Urban Horticulture, at (530) 752-6642 or

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