Sausalito Team Wins Haagen-Dazs-UC Davis Honey Bee Haven Design Competition
judges unanimously agreed.
gardens with such names as “Honeycomb Hideout,” “Nectar Nook” and “Pollinator
Patch” to win the international bee-friendly garden design competition, a gift
The design, the work of landscape architects
will be brought to life this summer on a half-acre site at the Harry H.
Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road on the UC Davis
Last December Haagen-Dazs ice cream committed
Department of Entomology, with
Haagen-Dazs brand and UC Davis will determine how to use the balance of the
The key goals of the garden are to provide bees with a year-round food
source, to raise public awareness about the plight of honey bees and to
encourage visitors to plant bee-friendly gardens of their own.
“We’ll not only be providing a pollen and nectar source for the millions
of bees on Bee Biology Road, but we will also be demonstrating the beauty and
value of pollinator gardens,” said design competition coordinator
Horticulture. “My hope is that it will inspire everyone to plant for
“The winning design fits beautifully with the campus mission of education
and outreach, and it will tremendously benefit our honey bees at Bee Biology,”
and director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology. “The garden will be a campus
Kimsey served as one of eight judges who unanimously selected the design
from among 30 entries, submitted from as far away as
will be honored at the garden dedication in October, where they will be
presented with an engraved name plaque . They will also be given the sweet
reward of free Haagen-Dazs ice cream for a year.
“We had so many wonderful garden concepts submitted that making the final
choice was really difficult,” Kimsey said.
The Sibbett Group design zeroed in on sustainability and visitor
experience. The four interconnected gardens, “Honeycomb Hideout,” “Nectar
Nook,” “Pollinator Patch” and “My Backyard” form the “physical and
interpretive framework for our honey bee haven design,” the authors said. A
series of trails connect the gardens. Trellises define the entry ways and
reinforce the passage to the next space.
“Incorporated into each of the four sections are gathering spaces that
serve as orientation points for guided tours, facilitated programs and ‘chat
time’ with beekeepers and entomologists,” the team explained. Identification
labels will help visitors know more about the plants, or what they can plant
in their own yards.
The design also includes a “Learning Center” building and paths labeled
“Orchard Alley,” “Save the Bee Sanctuary,” “Round Dance Circle” and “Waggle
Judges initially narrowed the 30 designs to six, and then focused on
diversity (the winning design has 40 different plants), bloom balance, vision,
generational learning, cost feasibility and attention to detail. Judges also
declared the Sibbett Group design “the most river or
In addition to Borel and Kimsey, the panel of judges included:
at UC Davis;
Landscape Contractors, based in
relations manager, Haagen-Dazs ice cream;
environmental design, UC Davis;
construction project manager, Cagwin and Dorward Landscape Contractors; and
Schenker praised the Sibbett Group design as “beautiful and very
functional.” “The interpretive elements are imaginative,” said Schenker. “I
think this design team has a great range of expertise and has taken a very
well-rounded approach to the program.”
Majors said the cost estimate was well organized and the cost of materials
very realistic. “The introduction outlined how the design was scalable which
shows the collaborative approach of the four-person team and their willingness
to work with budget,” he said.
Honey bees pollinate more than 100 different U.S. agricultural crops,
reported losing from one-third to all of their bees due to a mysterious
phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder.
In response, the Haagen-Dazs brand launched the “Haagen-Dazs Loves Honey
Bees” campaign in
research to UC Davis and
efforts in 2009 with a second
donation for honey bee research to a half million dollars. It also formed a
the new Vanilla Honey Bee ice cream flavor. Bees are crucial to nearly
50 percent of their all-natural flavors.
During the last several months, the public has answered the Haagen-Dazs
brand’s call to action by donating more than
honey bee research at UC Davis. In addition, numerous companies have launched
programs to donate a portion of their proceeds to UC Davis honey bee research.