Local plant nursery Bees on a Bicycle celebrated its third anniversary by earning green|spaces’ sustainability certification.
Located in Chattanooga’s Southside, Bees offers native Tennessee plants and seasonal indoor and outdoor options. In addition, owner Cath Shaw Truelove hosts workshops and teaches customers how to make sustainable gardening choices.
To earn her green|light certification, Truelove specialized in Tennessee native plants that are drought-resistance and provide pollinator-friendly options. Also, the shop limits carbon emissions by focusing on plants grown within a two-hour radius of the shop.
“This certification is a logical step and documentation of our sustainable approach to gardening,” she says.
“Cath considers both environmental and community impacts in every area of her business operations,” says Kelley Cureton, green|light program director. “We as a community need to support businesses like hers and keep our dollars local.”
Over 50 local businesses are either green|light certified or pursuing certification.