Policy on Pesticides Including Neonicotinoids

Neonicotinoids are pesticides that have probable links to the decline of bees. These chemicals are the most widely used class of insecticides. They are systemic nerve toxins that remain in all parts of the plants for months to years. The European Food Safety Authority found that “neonics” pose an unacceptably high risk to bees.


Harlequin’s Gardens has been an organic nursery since 1992. We are dedicated to supporting Life on Earth by cultivating the plants we raise and managing the plants we buy without toxic pesticides, fungicides and herbicides, and without chemical fertilizers.

Regarding the neonicotinoid pesticides: Harlequin’s Gardens has never and will never use neonicotinoids on our plants. We have never and will never sell any “neonic” pesticides in any form. And we will make every effort to buy our plants from wholesalers who do not use use neonics. We will educate our customers and our suppliers on the importance of using alternatives to neonics and we will encourage their transition away from neonics by reducing or eliminating our orders from them.

In 2014, we have dramatically reduced our purchases of plants that may have been treated with bee-toxic neonics. This year all our roses, herbs, veggie starts, and annual bedding plants are neonic-free. Also 95% of the bee-friendly plants we sell are free of neonics. And 95% of the shrubs and trees we sell are from sources that do not use neonics or are at least one year old in our pesticide-free care.

We believe supporting the health and welfare of our pollinators is of utmost importance. They are not only essential for food production for humans, but also essential for the balance and strength of our ecosystem. Life on Earth depends on bees and other insects and if their health is failing, it is an indicator that our health is being undermined by the same causes. We beings are all connected by water, soil and air.