Busy Bee Nursery & Consulting specializes in plants that are good for honey bees, native pollinators, and wildlife conservation. The majority of my plants are native to Kentucky. However, there are many plants that aren’t native, aren’t invasive or otherwise harmful to the local environment, and are good for pollinators and wildlife. I offer some of those as well.
I grow all of my perennials and bushes from seeds. For the native plants, I use seeds sourced from Kentucky whenever possible. When I can’t get seeds with Kentucky genetics, I get the seeds from as close as possible. By using Kentucky seeds, I am promoting the state’s local genotypes and ecotypes. These are seeds that are adapted to the specific soils and other conditions of the region. To learn more about why this is important, check out this publication by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
I don’t use herbicides or pesticides on any of my plants. Even organic and homemade products can be harmful to pollinators which defeats the purpose of growing plants for them. The result is that some of my plants have holes in their leaves. The plants are still healthy and the holes just prove that I’m not spraying them with anything. In fact, some of the plants I grow, like milkweeds, are host plants for caterpillars. Yes, butterflies may drink the flowers’ nectar, but the most important role these plants serve for pollinators is as food for the caterpillars that will eventually turn into the butterflies we enjoy watching.
I currently do not ship our plants. I sell our plants at the farmers market, at special events, and by appointment direct from my farm. Because we live on our farm and this is our home, I ask that you please contact me or call (270) 202-7677 to arrange a time to visit our nursery.
Below are the plants that I am currently growing. Each image is linked to a page that provides detailed information about the plant.
Plants for the 2018 Season
Click on any image for more detailed information about the plant.