Bee hotels are different from bee hives in that bee hives are home to community bees or bee colonies, but bee hotels are designed to attract solitary bees, who build individual nests for their larvae. This new hotel is both a welcoming haven for our solitary native bees to rest and repopulate as they work on pollinating native plants throughout the city, and a unique piece of creative art for the community to enjoy. It features a poem by Santa Fe's inaugural Poet Laureate Arthur Sze as well as educational information by native bee scientist Dr. Olivia Carril.
The project was led by Poetry Pollinators' poet-organizers Julie Chase-Daniel and Elizabeth Jacobson, and was supported by the Santa Fe Watershed Association (SFWA) and the City of Santa Fe Public Works Department. It is the first of what are hoped to be many Poetry Pollinators' installations that will combine the art of poetry with native bee habitats to "animate public spaces as ecological systems that support the flourishing of all species."