Bee City Wichita

Wichita is the first Bee City USA affiliate in the state of Kansas.

Our committee is looking for garden and prairie restoration sites in the Wichita area, or existing projects that would like our support. We’re asking members of the community to submit their project ideas.

What's a Bee City?

The title of Bee City is awarded by The Xerces Society to cities showing a commitment to pollinators and green space in the city through their Bee City USA program. To become an affiliate with Bee City USA the City of Wichita has to commit to increasing education of pollinators as well as habitat restoration across the city. Grassland Groupies. has agreed to lead the Bee City Planning Committee to help coordinate efforts to meet this goal.

By providing space for pollinators we also increase our green space for people. This provides Wichitans new opportunities to get outside, connect with each other, and learn together. Our ultimate goal is to create a city that is a thriving environment for people, plants, and pollinators alike.

  • Pollinator Habitat Restoration

    The Bee City Planning Committee works with the City of Wichita to identify areas of improvement and development of pollinator habitat.

  • Pollinator-Friendly Practices in the City

    Bee Cities are dedicated to reducing pesticide use and creating a pollinator-friendly pest management plan.

  • Education

    From pollinator awareness events to guided hikes in parks, a big part of our mission is educating people about pollinators and how to help them.

For a full listing of Bee City commitments and learn more about the initiative visit the Bee City USA website. Our resolution outlining exact goals can also be viewed below.

Planting Native Gardens in Kansas

Plant native, because native plants are...

  • Water-friendly

    Once established, native plant gardens take very little or even no extra watering to keep looking great. Saves you time and money.

  • Nature's favorite

    Not just insects will thank you for the good meal and a place to raise their young. The birds will too along with all of our other native wildlife.

  • Better with time

    Native gardens change and grow with time. If allowed to, the plants will replenish themselves and spread, saving you money over annuals.

Native plants are beneficial not only to the environment around you but can lower the time and money spent on a garden. Every garden needs upkeep, so planting native is still a commitment.

When looking for native plants, it’s best to get plants grown as close to where you will plant them as possible. That’s why we recommend sourcing from the local growers below.

Small, yellow coreopsis flowers with dark brown centers and thin, dark green stems and leaves.
Plains Coreopsis, a wonderful filler plant with delicate little flowers, stems, and leaves. Photo: Nicole Brown

Local Native Plant Suppliers

Dyck Arboretum – nonprofit specializing in education, native plant sales, and gardening. Near-endless source of knowledge on native plant gardens. Check out their blog for tips, plant recommendations, and more.

Kansas Native Plant Society – offers free Plant a Prairie starter packages to teachers as well as native plant resources.

Wichita Wildflowers – Wichita-based supplier of native plants.

Prairie Pride Native Plants – Wichita-based. Primarily sells native grasses, wholesale prices available. 

Botanical Belonging – based in Tonganoxie, KS. Native plant supplier and educational nonprofit.

Burrowing Owl Native Plants – based in Pratt, KS. Native plant supplier. 

Sharp Bros. Seed Co. – great Kansas-based resource for bulk seed for larger restoration projects.

Buffalo Seed Company – sells seeds for the Midwest region including native plants and produce. Based in Northeast Kansas.

Monarch Watch – sells plants and offer free milkweed to restoration projects, schools, and nonprofits. Great resource on monarchs and monarch migration.  Not Kansas based.

Prairie Moon Nursery – Minnesota-based nursery offering seeds, plants, plant kits, and gardening supplies. 

Prairie Nursery – sells seeds and plants, including pre-planned kits. Based in Wisconsin.

Native Plant Information Databases

Need more information about the native plants for your area? Start here!

☆ Kansas Wildflowers & Grasses – Kansas wildflower and grass identification with thorough species information. They also have a KS Wildflower mobile app. 

Grow Native – Database of native plant sellers, plus tips and guides. Covers the lower Midwest.

Plant Native – Database of native plant sellers, plus tips and guides. Covers most of the United States.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Look up information on the specific native plants that grow near you. Covers North America.

Have a favorite resource not listed here? Let Nicole know:

By changing our gardens to be filled with beautiful native flowers, grasses, and shrubs we can make a huge difference. These native plants provide food, shelter, and a place to raise young that cannot be matched by non-native plants. It’s time to rethink our endless expanses of lawns.

Help Us Garden in Wichita

We need volunteers to create and take care of gardens and green spaces throughout the city! We also plan group work days to help improve habitats and always need extra hands/tools.

These events are always open to the public. Find them here or on the Grassland Groupies Facebook page under Events. 

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Bee City Planning Committee

Meet the Bee City Planning Committee! This group meets often to discuss future projects and possible areas of improvement in Wichita. While not an official board for the City of Wichita, we communicate closely through our city Liaison to ensure meaningful collaboration.

We want to have a committee member in each district so if you see a need that you think you can fill, reach out to learn more.

  • Nicole Brown, Committee Chair, Grassland Groupies
  • Rachel Roth, Committee Co-Chair, Grassland Groupies
  • Gary Farris, City Liaison, Park and Recreation
  • Krista Dallinger, Kansas Native Plant Society
  • Dexter Mardis, District 1 Representative
  • Seth Macy, District 6 Representative

Next Committee Meeting: April 25th

These meetings are free and open to the public and hosted at the Advanced Learning Library in the Hyde Conference Room (second floor in the nonfiction pavilion). We will have a public comment period from 6:30-7:00 PM where people are welcome to give ideas or feedback on the initiative. Afterwards, updates and discussion will be led by the committee from 7:00-7:30. 

Advanced Learning Library
711 West 2nd St N, Wichita, KS 67203
Hyde Conference Room (2nd Floor)