Now Taking Orders for Plants Honey Bees Use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys

~ Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife ~


I am very excited to announce that my book, Plants Honey Bees Use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, has been published! I have a small shipment of advance copies that I am taking with me to various beekeeping and gardening events over the next month or so. The main shipment of books is scheduled to arrive in early to mid-March and I am taking pre-orders online for shipping after the rest of my books arrive in March.

I wrote Plants Honey Bees Use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys because when I started beekeeping, I couldn’t find any books focused on what bees forage on in this region. Bees use different plants in different areas. Even when a plant grows across a wide range, that doesn’t mean the bees will use it to the same degree in all locations.

Sometimes just a few counties or a few hundred feet in elevation can make the difference in whether or not honey bees use a certain type of plant. For this reason, books and other resources focused on the entire country are of limited value to those who want to know what plants honey bees might be using in their location. Plants Honey Bees Use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys fills this void by providing specific information relevant to honey bees in our region.

I wrote Plants Honey Bees Use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys for both beekeepers and people who don’t have bees but want to create honey bee-friendly landscapes. The book contains full color pictures and descriptions of over 175 plants organized by when they bloom. Also included are chapters about honey bees and their plight, honey bee foraging behavior, factors that influence nectar and pollen production throughout a plant’s range, and planting for honey bees.

To learn more about the book and see sample pages, please visit:

For those who are local and might want to save on shipping, these are the events that I am currently planning to attend over the next few months.

  • Feb. 3: South Central KY Bee School, Scottsville, KY
  • Feb. 12: Pennyrile Beekeepers Association monthly meeting
  • Feb. 24: North Eastern KY Bee School, Maysville, KY
  • April 16: Lake Cumberland Beekeepers Association monthly meeting
  • April 21: Simpson County Earth Day Festival
  • April 24: Warren County Beekeepers Association
  • April 28: Hardin County Bee School, Elizabethtown, KY



Shannon is a beekeeper, farmer, wildlife biologist, and author. She owns Grassy Roads Farm and Busy Bee Nursery & Consulting. Busy Bee Nursery & Consulting specializes in plants and habitat consulting services for honey bees, native pollinators, and wildlife conservation. She is the author of Plants Honey Bees Use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. Shannon also writes a blog about Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife and a farm and nursery blog that features stories of life on the farm, tips for attracting pollinators and wildlife, and highlights of different plants for pollinators and wildlife.

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