San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

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The new bees at the Marriott, near the Marina in San Diego, were installed last week. Bookmark this page and come back to see updates. The plan is to plant bee-friendly plants around the property and on the roof top. We hope there will be enough forage in the area to provide for the bees, but extra plants to provide the pollen and nectar the bees need can only help.

The Marriott is enthusiastic about helping bees and the environment. Clearly a couple of beehives on a roof in San Diego is, in itself, not going to solve the current Colony Collapse Disorder issue (CCD). However it is a valuable gesture in the quest to highlight the problem and support the education of the general public.

It’s great when people are inspired to keep bees themselves, but it’s also vital that people are aware of what is going on and accept that beekeeping is crucial to our food supply.

3 Responses to “Bees at the Marriott”

  • Geoff

    We go and check regularly to see that the hives are thriving, which they are. One hive is significantly stronger than the other, and making honey, but both are fine.

    I’m very pleased that even amid so much concrete they’re finding enough pollen and nectar.

    It’s a definitely testimony that bees can be kept even in urban environments.

    Bee hives in downtown San Diego on the roof of The San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina

  • Geoff

    I gave the hives their regular maintenance this morning, having managed to negotiate the Comic-Con chaos in the area.

    As I walked towards the hives I guessed things were going well since I could smell honey. Both hives are doing great, one is still quite a small colony, one is definitely making honey! In fact it’s not exactly honey I could smell, but the scent of flowers, driven out of the hive as the bees evaporate water from the nectar they’ve collected.

    I was concerned for a while that there wouldn’t be enough forage in the downtown San Diego concrete jungle. It appears I don’t have to worry, there seems to be enough flowers in the gardens around the Marriott, surrounding buildings and I suspect along the trolley tracks.

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