Join the National Swarm the week of Valentine's Day!

This Valentine's Day, BEE Protective of honey bees and other pollinators and join thousands of people coast-to-coast to swarm Home Depot and Lowe’s stores the week of Valentine’s Day (February 10th-16th).

We're excited to deliver valentines and ask retailers to “show bees some love” and stop selling bee-killing pesticides and garden plants poisoned with these harmful chemicals. Thanks for doing something sweet for pollinators and creating a "buzz" by taking this simple action!

If you haven't already signed up to deliver your Valentine, click here or scroll to the bottom to add your name!

Delivering a Valentine is easy!
Below are some helpful tips and talking points you can use when you deliver your Valentine.

I. Instructions for Valentine's Deliveries
II. Talking points and Tips
III. Other Ways to Take Action
VI. Group Actions/Protests at Major Cities 

I. Instructions for Valentine's Deliveries

  1. Pick a day and time between February 10th-16th to deliver your valentine.
  2. Find a Home Depot or Lowe’s store near you by entering your zip code on one of the websites below.
  3. Download, print and sign the Valentine! Print in color or there is a black and white version if you want to get crafty and color it yourself—or it could be a fun kid activity!
  4. Bring valentine to the store and ask to speak to the store manager.
  5. Politely deliver valentine to the store manager using the simple script and talking below.
  6. After you deliver your Valentine to the store manager, take a photo outside the store with you holding your Valentine and post it on our Facebook page or Tweet it to us @bpncamp!

II. Talking Points and Tips

  • Sample Conversation:
    • “Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a concerned ______ (Lowe’s or Home Depot) customer. I am here today to urge you to stop selling bee-killing neonic pesticides, as well as plants pre-treated with these pesticides to protect honey bees and other pollinators essential to our food supply and the environment. I purchase garden supplies from _____ (Lowe’s or Home Depot), but I’m very disappointed to learn that many of the “bee-friendly” seedlings and plants sold to unsuspecting consumers in your stores have been pre-treated with neonics. Please pass this valentine and my concerns to your corporate headquarters.”
  • Key Talking Points
    • One out of every three bites of food depends on honey bees and other pollinators.
    • A growing body of science has implicated neonicotinoids – the most widely used class of insecticides in the world -- as a significant factor in recent global bee declines.
    • A pilot study released last summer found that many bee-friendly garden plants sold at Home Depot and Lowe's contain neonicotinod pesticides - without any warning to consumers.
    • The EU suspended the use a many neonicotinoid pesticides last year, and the majority of the UK's big home improvement retailers are refusing to sell them at their stores. Home Depot and Lowe's should follow suit.
    • To be leaders in sustainability and pollinator protection, Lowe's and Home Depot should stop selling plants poisoned with neonicotinoids and stock their shelves with "bee friendly" certified organic starts and plants.
  • Discuss why pollinators matter to you, personally, and remember to BEE friendly and have fun!

III. Other Ways to Take Action

  • Swarm the phone lines! Call Lowe's and Home Depot's Corporate Headquarters to deliver the same message using the script above.
  • Spread the Buzz on Social Media
    • Facebook: Post onto Lowe's and Home Depot's Facebook wall asking them to show bees some love!
    • Twitter: Send a tweet to Lowe's and Home Depot's Twitter accounts telling them you delivered a Valentine to their store!

IV. Group Actions/Protests at Major Cities

Date Start Time Meeting Location Action Location Important Details? Host
Point Person(s)
Washington, D.C. Wed, Feb 12 11:00AM Chipotle by Rhode Island Avenue Metro:
2300 Washington Pl NE 101S
Washington, DC 20018
Home Depot Wear black to the action - Bee costumes will be provided!! Beyond Pesticides, Friends of the Earth (FOE), Pesticide Action Network (PAN), Organic Consumer's Association (OCA) Tiffany, FOE (tfinckhaynes@foe.org) and Alexis, OCA (alexis@organicconsumers.org)
Berkeley, CA Wed, Feb 12 11:00AM Starbucks Coffee:
3839 Emery St #800
Emeryville, CA 94608
Home Depot TBA FOE, PAN Stacy, Friends of the Earth (stacydmalkan@gmail.com) and Paul, PAN (ptowers@panna.org)
Minneapolis, MN Wed, Feb 12 11:30AM Caribou Coffee at 11:15am:
1730 New Brighton Blvd (in the shame shopping center on the side closer to 18th)
Home Depot TBA OCA, PAN Pat, OCA (patrick@organicconsumers.org) and Lex, PAN (lex@panna.org)
Chicago, IL Wed, Feb 12 11:00AM TBA Home Depot TBA OCA Mike, OCA (mikedvegan@gmail.com)
Eugene, OR Sat, Feb 15 TBA TBA TBA TBA Beyond Toxics John, Beyond Toxics (jjcascade@beyondtoxics.org)

Thank you for taking the time to BEE Protective of pollinators! If you haven't told us you'll be delivering a Valentine, make sure to sign up below!


Scientific studies are consistently finding that a new, and increasingly popular class of pesticides, called neonicotinoids, are significant contributors to the devastating decline of pollinators across the globe. They include imidacloprid, acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam. Peer-reviewed science has repeatedly identified these insecticides as highly toxic to honey bees and other pollinators. Once applied, plants take up these pesticides and exude them in their pollen and nectar, subsequently endangering any pollinators that forage on these contaminated plants. 

A report co-released late last year by Beyond Pesticides, Friends of the Earth, and other allies revealed that the neonicotinoids may be lurking in our own gardens. In lieu of federal action to restrict the chemicals, we must take a stand against retailers who continue to sell poisoned plants.

For a list of all actions and alerts by Beyond Pesticides, see our actions page!

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