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 drop-offs in the Bowling Green and Glasgow, KY areas for the foreseeable future. Please see my COVID-19 Response page for information about my next drop-offs.
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.
My next drop-offs will be June 2 (Bowling Green) and June 3 (Glasgow).
This is how the drop-offs work:
- I will post a list of the plants and other items I currently have available.
- You’ll review the list, then let me know what you want, whether you want to pick up in Glasgow or Bowling Green, and a good time to call you for payment info. If you have questions about the plants or other items, you can always email or PM me and I’ll be happy to answer them.
- I’ll make sure I still have everything that you want. (Orders are filled on a first-come-first-served basis and some items are in limited supply.)
- I’ll call you at the appropriate time and get your payment information. (E-mail is not a secure method of sending sensitive information like credit card details.)
- We’ll meet at the appropriate time and location.
- I’ll have all your items set out when you arrive and will have backed away an appropriate distance.
- We can wave, give air hugs, chat for a second, etc. as you pick up your items.
- We wish each other well and go our separate ways so that everyone can stay safe and healthy.
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 May 25, 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