At Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden (AAOG) we are concerned about bees, butterflies and other pollinators, as well as the overall care of the environment. We do not use neonicotinoids on our property, and we go to great expense to use only organic products in-house. In fact, we have an extensive selection of organic problem solvers, soils & fertilizers in stock.
We seek to source our plants from local growers whenever possible. Even so, we do not always know the history of every plant and cannot control what happens to a plant before it arrives at our garden center. It is possible that some plants have been treated with neonicotinoids prior to their arrival at AAOG. This is a problem we share with all other garden centers locally and across the nation.
We have begun discussions with our growers about the use of neonicotinoids on the plants that we purchase. Everyone in the horticultural industry is aware of the problem, but there is unfortunately no comprehensive overnight solution. Even our growers who do not use neonicotinoids on their plants cannot guarantee it’s use on the seeds or seedlings they purchase.
We are committed to maintaining our policy of using only organics on our property and in continuing to find a solution with the local growers we support.