Additional plants and habitats help to conserve and preserve native pollinators
Golden Door tends to the well being of its guests and also our 600-acre resort’s plants and animals. A new 10,000-square-foot pollinator garden joins three acres of functioning farm on the property, which includes orchards, forests and gardens.
“About 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants and 35 percent of the world’s food crops rely on animal pollinators,”* said Kathy Van Ness, COO of Golden Door. “Unfortunately, with the loss of habitat and other challenges, many pollinator species are in decline. The garden helps the pollinators and continues our strong commitment to the land, nature and community.”
The new garden features a large percentage of native flowering plants that provide food and habitat through each of the San Diego seasons. A walk-in butterfly atrium helps support populations by rearing native butterflies for release. Other areas provide habitats to suit native pollinators such as sweet bees, bumblebees, moths and hummingbirds.
In the pollinator garden, Golden Door guests have the opportunity for close interaction with the pollinators and to learn more about their invaluable contributions.
“The garden is our effort to give back to creatures that have already given us so much,” said Executive Chef Greg Frey Jr., Golden Door Executive Chef and resident beekeeper for six hives. “We plan to have the pollinator garden certified by Monarchwatch.org and to work with Natural Wildlife Federation.”
100% of Golden Door’s net profits go to philanthropic causes, including helping to end child abuse and transform young lives.
*“Insects & Pollinators,” Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture website