What is Spriggly's Beescaping?
Spriggly's Beescaping provides products, services, workshops, and resources to create environments that support the beneficial pollinators we need.
With a special focus on the 4,000+ species of native bees here in the United States and Canada alone, Spriggly's offers simple solutions to support pollinators that can easily be implemented into any gardening practice. Learn more about our native bee houses, pollinator exhibits, and plant-by-number garden guides.
Our story begins as many do, with a book. Brannen Basham, co-founder of Spriggly's Beescaping came across a copy of "Hive and the Honeybee" in an old book store. From that day forth he had bees on the brain and could not stop learning. After keeping beehives for years and reading every book about bees he could find, he discovered the importance and incredible efficiency of native bees. He also discovered the lack of focus and awareness for these powerful pollination machines. Brannen made it his mission to development an educational business that provides opportunities for individuals to learn about native pollinators, while offering easy-to-use products that help foster environments to attract and support these beneficial animals.
Brannen worked for many years as a horticulturist for historic gardens in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. With his knowledge and love of horticulture mixed with his passion for bees, the idea for Spriggly's Beescaping came to life.
As if it was meant to bee, Brannen's wife and co-founder of Spriggly's Beescaping, Jill Jacobs, is a web design and marketing specialist, as well as a teaching artist. Jill has always had a passion for animals and love of all things nature, so when Brannen told her the type of business he wanted them to create, her only question was, "how soon can we start?"
Spriggly's website is a work in progress. If you think an important native bee, beneficial animal, or other needed insect has not yet been highlighted, please let us know! If you have any ideas for additions to the site, contact us here.
The main inspiration is our cat Lucy, who we affectionally call "spriggly" or "the sprig". Like the first sprig's of a plant, she was long and lanky as a kitten. Although she is quite chubby now, the name has stuck and it also stuck in our minds when naming the business.
We also knew that we wanted to use the term "beescaping" to bring a direct focus to the need for these beneficial pollinators.
Thus Spriggly's Beescaping was born.
Why Support Pollinators?
Beneficial animal pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds, and bats are responsible for pollinating two-thirds of the plant species on earth.
The vast majority of our flowers, trees, fruits, and vegetables rely on these pollinators to help them grow and produce. However, heavy use of pesticides, loss of habitat, pests and disease, along with other variables, have caused a rapid decline of our pollinators. Now more than ever, bees and other pollinators need our support to prevent their own extinction, and to prevent ours.
What Can You Do to Help?
The first way to help is to ensure that you are not a part of the problem.
For every pest there is a predator that's better than a pesticide.
Never use pesticides if you can avoid them, try attracting other beneficial insects such as native ladybugs as ways to combat aphids and other pests. If you must use pesticides, please only do so when the plant is not flowering and at night if possible to minimize direct contact with pollinators. Remember, some animals do pollinate at night so please be mindful of the animals in your region.
The second way is to create an environment that supports pollinators.
- Leave an area of your yard "wild" - meaning leave it untended as it would be naturally. For example leave logs that have fallen and keep areas of open dirt uncovered by mulch.
- Provide man-made homes for pollinators such as native bee houses, bird houses, and bat houses.
- Plant a pollinator garden that has flowers which bloom throughout the growing seasons.
- Ensure that pollinators in your area have access to a water supply. If there is no natural water supply nearby, a shallow dish with pebbles and water will work, or consider a plant that can hold water for your pollinators such as a cup plant.