The Bikes, Bees & Butterflies project was inspired by Ann Cicicarella’s passion for urban sustainability, bee keeping, bicycling and creating beautiful gardens and places for people to enjoy. Ann’s concept was to think of a fun way to engage communities in Cleveland and tell the story of the need for urban pollinator habitats.
Ann Cicarella, principal of Ann Cicarella Landscape Design LLC, is a nationally recognized landscape designer with 25 years experience in the field. ACLD transforms residential and commercial landscapes in the Northeast Ohio region into extraordinary, contemporary and vibrant outdoor living spaces that evoke feelings of excitement, serenity and peace. ACLD provides professional work with an eye for detail and a passion for design.
At its core, Bikes, Bees & Butterflies vision is to be a catalyst for facilitating pollinator conservation by creatively bringing awareness to the importance of pollinators in Cleveland’s long range sustainability initiatives.
We have an obligation to promote healthy and diverse pollinator populations by designing with plants that provide nesting, nectar and high quality pollen for pollinators. We partner with many organizations to advance public education and provide leadership in the conservation of bees, butterflies and other pollinators that sustain our world.
- Encourage leading decision makers involved in redevelopment/expansion efforts in Cleveland to bring a pollinator ethic to their planning and landscape designs which would include host plants, forage and nesting sites.
- Continue to focus on creative ways to cultivate value for pollinator conservation projects, enhance pollinator awareness, actions, and habitat creation in Cleveland going forward. This will include, but is not limited to, involvement by residential neighborhoods, schools, colleges and universities, local businesses, community gardens and nature centers and public/private sector projects.
- Collaborate and develop partnerships with local foundations, institutions and organizations to leverage community resources and facilitate efforts to promote the creation of a city-wide pollinator ethic in planting plans.
- Develop a clear and educational template/guide of best management practices for pollinator-friendly habitats in abandoned sites, urban gardens, schools, right-of-ways, public green spaces and corporate landscapes.