Nursery and Retailer commitments

Great news! Due to the efforts of Friends of the Earth and allies, over the past two years, more than 110 garden retailers, nurseries and landscaping companies, including the two largest home improvement retailers in the world, Home Depot and Lowe’s, as well as Costco, Wal-Mart, True Value and Whole Foods, have committed to take steps to eliminate neonicotinoids.

Our members helped make this happen by signing petitions, delivering letters, making phone calls and showing up in person at the retailers to demand change. Thank you to the over half million people who made their voices heard!

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Retailer commitments

Retailer Number and location of stores Policy statement
American Native Plants 1 location, Maryland Grow and provide native plants without the use of neonicotinoids in any production practices.

Policy statement here.

Bachman’s 21 locations, Minnesota Eliminated the use of neonicotinoids for their own nursery stock and outdoor plants. Removed products containing neonicotinoids from their store shelves and provide recommendations for alternatives to customers. The store is contacting its garden plant suppliers as well, to encourage them to discontinue the use of neonicotinoids. Moving forward, Bachman’s is focusing on raising awareness about pollinator preservation, providing education and training about plant issues, expanding pollinator natural habitat on their property and encouraging others to do the same.

Policy statement here.

The Backyard Greenhouse 1 location, Minnesota Doesn’t use neonicotinoids in production.

Policy statement here.

Bailey Nurseries Co. 1 location, Minnesota Eliminated all foliar treatments with the three named neonicotinoid insecticides—Dinoteduran, Imidacloprid and Thiamethoxam—from container and bareroot fields.

Policy statement here.

The Behnke Nurseries Co. 3 locations, Maryland Pledges to: 1) Never apply neonicotinoid pesticides to plants on the Behnke property, either in ground or in pots; 2) Recommend use of least-toxic effective remedies; and 3) discontinue sales of all neonicotinoid-containing products.

Policy statement here.

Berkeley Horticultural Nursery 1 location, California Eliminated neonicotinoids from the store. All of its California Certified Organic plants are neonic-free, including any plants from its vegetable and herb tables. It does not sell any treatments that contain neonicotinoids, although other plants may contain these chemicals.

Policy statement here.

BJ’s Wholesale Club 200+ locations, 15 states Requires all vendors to disclose the use of any neonicotinoids in nursery or plant-able products (i.e. blueberry bushes, tulip bulbs).

Requires any vendors using neonicotinoids in nursery or bedding plants to submit plan/process used to protect bees when using neonicotinoids (i.e. timing, segregation, etc.)

Asks all vendors to be out of neoticotinoid plants by the end of this year and/or will include a label that states “treated with neonicotinoids, use caution around pollinators.”

Policy statement here.

Black Lake Organic Garden Store 1 location, Washington Growing organically since before the word “organic” came into vogue.

Policy statement here.

Blooming Junction 1 location, Oregon Has suspended use of neonicotinoids on plants indefinitely.

Policy statement here.

Blooms Wholesale Nursery 1 location, California Does not spray neonicotinoids.

Policy statement here.

Buchanan’s Native Plants 1 location, Texas Uses organic plants and gardening supplies.

Policy statement here.

Costco 727 locations  Encourages suppliers of garden plants to limit the use of non-essential chemicals, discourages use of neonicotinoid insecticides on pollinator-attractive plants and encourages use of eco-friendly methods of pest and disease control. Also expanding its selection of organic products, which supports pollinator health.

Policy statement here.

Ecoscape Environmental Design, LLC 1 location, Colorado Does not use neonicotinoids in any of its garden practices and has pledged to never use them.

Policy statement coming soon.

Garden Fever! 1 location, Oregon Does not carry plant care products containing neonicotinoids, and labels neonicotinoid-free plants.

Policy statement here.

Gerten’s 2 locations, Minnesota Does not use neonicotinoids on any bedding plants or on seeds for plants the store grows. The store does apply neonicotinoids to larger plants and hanging baskets and does not guarantee that starter plugs or cutters being supplied from other locations have not been pre-treated with neonicotinoids.

Policy statement here.

Harlequin’s 1 location, Colorado Will never use neonicotinoids on plants or sell any neonic pesticides in any form. Will make every effort to buy plants from wholesalers who do not use neonics.

Policy statement here.

Herb Farmacy 1 location, Massachusetts Committed to growing organically from the start because it is the best way to ensure healthy plants, nutritious food, and sustainable environment.

Policy statement here.

High Country Gardens Online Labels neonicotinoid-free products and educates customers on their dangers. High Country Gardens will have a fully neonicotinoid-free supply chain by the end of 2016.

Policy statement here.

Home Depot 2,200+ locations Has removed neonicotinoid pesticides from 80 percent of its flowering plants and will complete its phase-out in plants by 2018.

Policy statement here.

Kent’s Plants and Wild Bird Store 1 location,
Wisconsin
Their plants are raised in a soil-mix that uses environmentally-friendly, sustainably-sourced ingredients (it’s even probiotic for healthier roots), and they are all 100% chemical-free. They have never used neonicotinoids and never will, and they only buy from suppliers who don’t use them, either. This means 100% bird-and-bee-friendliness with their plants.

Policy statement here.

Lowe’s Home Improvement 1,840 locations across the U.S. Pledged to eliminate neonicotinoid pesticides from its stores as suitable alternatives become available, redouble existing integrated pest management practices for suppliers and provide additional material educating customers about pollinator health.

Policy statement here.

Meadows Farms Nurseries & Landscape 19 locations, Maryland Does not apply neonicotinoids in garden centers.

Policy statement here.

Patty’s Plants Natural & Organic Garden Supply 1 location, Wisconsin Organic gardening store.

Policy statement here.

Produce Denver 1 location, Colorado Only uses organic methods for pest control and tries their best to not buy treated plants, as they are an edible landscaping company.

Policy statement here.

Simply Native Nursery 1 location, Illinois No neonicotinoids have ever been used on nursery plants.

Policy statement here.

Timberline Gardens, Inc. 1 location, Colorado Does not use neonicotinoids in any of its garden practices and has pledged to never use them.

Policy statement here.

Toadshare Wildflower Farm 1 location, New Jersey If need to intervene, use organic methods as much as possible. Does not, and never has, used any neonicotinoid pesticides.

Policy statement here.

True Value 4,000 locations Will phase out the sale of products that contain neonicotinoid pesticides by spring of 2018. Collaborating with grower partners to encourage the removal of neonicotinoids from garden plants.

Policy statement here.

Upstarts Organic Seedlings 1 location, California Their seedlings are organically grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

Policy statement here.

Urban Farm Company of Colorado 1 location, Colorado Will never use neonicotinoids on plants and will make every effort to buy plants from wholesalers who do not use neonicotinoids.

Policy statement here.

Valley View Farms 2 locations, Maryland Pulled the items that contain neonicotinoids from shelves.

Policy statement here.

Volante Farm Greenhouses 1 location, Massachusetts Practices Integrated Pest Management.

Policy statement here.

Walmart 4,672 U.S. locations Walmart growers have eliminated neonics from approximately 80% of its garden plants and eliminated neonicotinoids in almost all the its off-the-shelf gardening products.
WildThings Rescue Nursery 1 location, New York Never have to worry about pesticides harming the birds, butterflies, bees, and native pollinators in gardens..

Policy statement here.

Nursery commitments

Nursery Number and location of nurseries Policy statement
Amanda’s Garden 1 location,
New York
Propagates and grows native perennial plants. Amanda’s Garden does not use neonicotinoid pesticides, and ensure that other nurseries from which it buys plants do not either.

Policy statement here.

Annie’s Annuals 1 location, California Adopted a “bee friendly” program and doesn’t use any neonicotinoids associated with colony collapse disorder.

Policy statement here.

Arrowhead Alpines 1 location, Michigan Arrowhead Alpines is an insecticide-free operation.

Policy statement here.

Blooming Nursery 1 location, Oregon Has suspended use of neonicotinoids on plants indefinitely.

Policy statement here.

Blue Moon Nursery 1 location, California Uses organic practices.

Policy statement here.

Bluestone Perennials, Inc. 1 location, Ohio Have not used any products containing neonicotinoids since 2012.

Policy statement here.

Brushwood Nursery 1 location, Georgia Only uses biocontrols and OMRI listed organic, non-persistent pesticides.

Policy statement here.

Burnt Meadow Nursery 1 location, Maine Follows an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach and, whenever possible, uses biological controls before applying pesticides. Any pesticides or fungicides used are OMRI organic.

Policy statement here.

Cavano’s Perennials Inc. 2 locations, Maryland Discontinued use of all neonicotinoid pesticides on growing operations.

Policy statement here.

Cedarglen Floral Company 1 location, Oregon Does not use neonicotinoids in spray form, as a soil drench, and does not buy seeds treated with these chemicals. Instead, uses beneficial insects and a balanced IPM approach to control pests. When the threshold approaches their documented level, they will use synthetic and natural pesticides which are OMRI listed, and which have a low impact on beneficial insects.

Policy statement here.

Creekside Garden Center 1 location, Michigan No nenoics in their plants.

Policy statement here.

Dancing Oaks Nursery and Gardens 1 location, Oregon Does not use neonicotinoids.

Policy statement here.

Desert Canyon Farm 1 location, Colorado Does not use neonicotinoids in any form and follows organic or OMRI methods.

Policy statement here.

Desert Jewels Nursery 1 location, Washington No pesticides.

Policy statement here.

Doak Creek Nursery 1 location, Oregon Does not use herbicides or pesticides at nursery.

Policy statement here.

Draggin’ Wing Farm 1 location, Idaho Uses organic growing practices.

Policy statement here.

Earth First Native Plant Nursery and Gifts 1 location, New Jersey Never uses chemical pesticides.

Policy statement here.

Ecoscapes Native Nursery 1 location, Minnesota Doesn’t use any insecticides, especially neonicotinoids.

Policy statement here.

EcoTulips 1 location, Rhode Island Believes that pesticides don’t belong in gardens where children play and bees pollinate.

Policy statement here.

Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery 1 location, Pennsylvania Does not use systemic pesticides—all plants are safe for visiting bees.

Policy statement here.

Edible Landscaping 1 location, Virginia Uses no herbicides on plants.

Policy statement here.

Elmore Roots 1 location, Vermont Certified organic farm.

Policy statement here.

Found Well Farm 1 location, New Hampshire Everything grown in greenhouse is certified organic.

Policy statement here.

Hidden Savanna Nursery 1 location, Michigan Only uses organic pesticides, and only when severe pesticides occur.

Policy statement here.

High Country Gardens 1 location, New Mexico All perennials and wildflower seeds are neonicotinoid free.

Policy statement here.

Humble Roots Nursery 1 location, Oregon Does not use harmful chemical or non-organic agents in growing of plants.

Policy statement here.

Inside Passage Seeds and Native Plant Services 1 location, Washington Products are locally-sourced native seeds. Inside Passage has been chemical-free since its opening in 1992.

Policy statement here.

Intermountain Nursery 1 location, California Committed to providing plants that are grown in a sustainable way, without use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

Policy statement here.

Keystone Flora 1 location, Ohio Plants grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

Policy statement here.

Marin Ace Hardware 1 location, California All plants are proudly neonic-free.

Policy statement here.

Middlebrook Gardens 1 location, California Does not use any pre-treatment of neonicotinoids for growing and maintaining plants—simply use seed and water in soil.

Policy statement here.

Morning Sky Greenery 1 location, Minnesota Uses IPM and does not rely on pesticides and herbicides.

Policy statement here.

Mountain Valley Growers 1 location, California Became certified organic by the USDA in 2002.

Policy statement here.

Nashville Natives 1 location, Tennessee Has never used synthetic insecticides and never will. Nashville Nurseries buys its seeds and starter plants from neonicotinoid-free nurseries.

Policy statement here.

Native Plant Nursery, Inc. 1 location, Michigan Uses no insecticides in the production of plant material.

Policy statement here.

Native Spring Nursery 1 location, California Only uses organic pesticides when necessary.

Policy statement here.

North Creek Nurseries 1 location, Pennsylvania Does not use neonicotinoids in any form.

Policy statement here.

O’Donnell’s Fairfax Nursery 1 location, California An organic nursery.

Policy statement here.

Ohio Prairie Nursery 1 location, Ohio Does not and will never use neonicotinoids.

Policy statement here.

Olympic Nursery, Inc.  1 location, Washington  The farm and nursery are 100% herbicide and pesticide free.

Policy statement here.

Peace Tree Farm 1 location, Pennsylvania Certified organic grower, does not apply neonicotinoids in any form to any of their products.

Policy statement here.

Perennial Farm 1 location,
Maryland
Does not use neonicotinoids in standard growing practice.

Policy statement here.

Pineland Nursery 1 location, New Jersey Pinelands Nursery is totally neonicotinoid free. This decision was made this Spring out of an abundance of caution.

Policy statement here.

Pine Ridge Gardens 1 location, Arkansas Does not use dangerous or systemic pesticides.

Policy statement here.

Plants for Pollinators 1 location, Tennessee Does not use insecticides or neonicotinoids on any of its products. Plants for Pollinators on purchase seeds from vendors who can verify and document that they do not use neonicotinoids.

Policy statement here.

The Plantsman Nursery 1 location, New York Spray-free environment.

Policy statement here.

Prairie Nursery 1 location, Wisconsin Does not use neonicotinoids in any part of the plant growing process.

Policy statement here.

Prairie Moon Nursery 1 location, Minnesota Does not use neonicotinoids any form spray form, as a soil drench, and does not purchase seed from other growers who utilized neonicotinoids in their production.

Policy statement here.

Redbud Native Plant Nursery 1 location, Pennsylvania Grows native plants without the use of pesticides or herbicides.

Policy statement here.

Rolling River Nursery 1 location, California USDA certified organic nursery.

Policy statement here.

Sandy’s Plants 1 location, Virginia Will stop using neonicotinoid products under moratorium in Europe and proposed to be banned in the Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2013 (H.R. 2692) by the end of 2014. If use of one of those products is necessitated, Sandy’s Plants will label plants as a warning to consumers.

Policy statement here.

Simply Native Plant Nursery 1 location, Illinois No neonicotinoids have ever been used.

Policy statement here.

Southeast Green Roofs 1 location, Tennessee Has never used chemical insecticides and never will. Southeast Green Roofs’ nursery is 100% neonicotinoid-free, in addition to cuttings and plants for green roof propagation.

Policy statement here.

St. Lawrence Nurseries 1 location, New York Uses no conventional herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides.

Policy statement here.

Streambank Gardens 1 location, Delaware Only uses organically approved input products.

Policy statement here.

Suncrest Nurseries Inc Supplier to California retail nurseries and garden centers Will stop using neonicotinoids altogether as of July 1, 2014.

Policy statement here.

The Tasteful Garden 1 location, Alabama Certified organic for everything that’s grown.

Policy statement here.

Tripple Brook Farm 1 location, Massachusetts Have policy to not sell plants containing pesticides that harm bees and other pollinators, including neonicotinoids.

Policy statement here.

Vinland Valley Nursery 1 location, Kansas Plants are pesticide-free.

Policy statement here.

The Watershed Nursery 1 location, Richmond, CA No neonicotinoids have ever been used on or nursery plants or anywhere else in the nursery and we commit to not ever using neonicotinoids in the future.

Policy statement here.

Westland Seed 1 location, Montana All plants grown with OMRI certified organic fertilizers and pest controls.

Policy statement here.

Wichita Valley Nursery 1 location, Texas Uses organic pest controls.

Policy statement here.

Windmill Nursery, LLC 1 location, Louisiana 100 percent of plants grown are bee-friendly and neonicotinoid insecticide free.

Policy statement here.

See Bee Safe Boulder’s list of Bee Safe Businesses in Colorado here.

See Northwest Center for Alternative to Pesticide’s list of neonic-free retailers and wholesalers in Oregon and Washington here.

Locate Beyond Pesticides’ Pollinator-Friendly Seed and Nursery Directory for resources on organic seeds and plants in your community here.