I grow all of my perennials, bushes, and trees 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 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 my plants. I sell my plants at the farmers market, at special events, and on rare occasions by appointment direct from my farm. Because we live on our farm and this is our home, I ask that you please email or call (270) 202-7677 me at least 48 hours ahead of time to arrange a time to visit our nursery. Please also understand if we are unable to accommodate your request to visit.
Below are the native plants that I am currently growing. Each image is linked to a page that provides detailed information about the plant.
Native Plants for the 2020 Growing Season:
Due to COVID-19, I will be scheduling pre-paid, contact-free pick-ups in the Bowling Green and Glasgow, KY throughout the 2020 growing season. Information about changes I have made due to the pandemic to help protect everyone can be found on my COVID-19 Response page. Information about my next pick-ups and how they work can be found on my Contact-free Deliveries page.
I am happy to send pictures of plants or answer any questions you might have. Please contact me for more information and details.
Thank you for your understanding and support. I hope you and your family are able to stay safe and healthy.
- July 14 (Bowling Green) and July 15 (Glasgow)
- July 28 (Bowling Green) and July 29 (Glasgow)
More information including available products, locations of pick-ups, and how the pick-ups work can be found on on my Contact-free Deliveries page.
All of the plants I am growing for the 2020 season are native to the state of Kentucky and to most of the surrounding states. My current brochure and plant list can be found here: Busy Bee Nursery brochure with current plant list – updated June 8, 2020.
You can find more information about most of the plants that I will have available this season, including the types of pollinators or wildlife that plant might attract, by clicking on the pictures below. I am still updating this page, so please check back often. If you have questions about any of the species or need suggestions about what might work best on your property, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I love talking about native plants, their roles in the ecosystem, the different animals that use those plants, and how we can encourage those plants and animals on our own properties.
The species are divided into three categories:
Native trees and bushes
Anticipated for later this season