The Hyatt Regency Atlanta is bringing thousands of bees to downtown Atlanta. The hotel’s latest effort to create some buzz will be the opening of a new rooftop (bee) garden, the largest of its kind, on Peachtree St.
The bees and rooftop garden will be located 25 stories above historic Peachtree St. on the roof of Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s International Tower, directly below its blue dome.
The garden will include two hives hosting thousands of bees, from queens to workers. The bees will produce honey each year, which will eventually be served in Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s restaurants, Sway and Twenty-Two Storys, and sold in its 24-hour Market.
“We’ve had the honor of hosting royalty before, but I’m really excited about these new queen bees,” said Joe Hindsley, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Atlanta. “Our new bee garden is another example in our hotel’s long history of providing something new and innovative to delight our guests.”
The bees will be a major part of the hotel’s new rooftop garden, which will grow tomatoes, beans, peppers and other vegetables as well as a full selection of fresh herbs that will also be served in the hotel’s restaurants. Additionally, the garden will grow flowers and trees, including a peach tree.
The rooftop garden reflects Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s commitment to sustainability, says the hotel’s management. Plants are grown in organic soil with compost from the hotel’s food waste composting program. Beds are mulched with recycled rubber tires. The plants are watered by a drip irrigation system using rain and condensate water collected in re-purposed storage containers.
Solar-powered LED lights provide illumination.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Executive Chef Martin Pfefferkorn created the bee garden as part of Hyatt’s “Food.Thoughtfully Sourced.Carefully Served.” initiative, which promotes serving local, healthy ingredients in Hyatt dining experiences. The garden was also started to support local farmers and bees.
“The local farmers that supply the vegetables and produce we serve everyday depend on healthy bee populations,” Pfefferkorn said.”This is our small contribution to raise awareness and help our local growers.”
The bees come to Hyatt Regency Atlanta from a partnership with the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association, an organization that assists beekeepers and raises awareness about struggling bee populations.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta is a member of the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program, and relies on Georgia and Southern growers for its meat, vegetables, fish and other produce.