Other News & Special Announcements


Rebranding as Backyard Ecology and a Request for Help

~ Other News and Special Announcements ~   Hi Everyone! I started this blog 5 years ago, and over the years, it has grown beyond anything I originally dreamed of. I am very happy with the way it has grown, and now it’s time for the next big step in […]


Announcing Next Virtual Class: Fall Butterfly Gardening

Hi Everyone, My next virtual class is Fall Butterfly Gardening and will take place at 7:00 p.m. CT / 8:00 p.m. ET on Sept. 16, 2020. Details about the class are below. Please share this information with friends, family, garden club members, members of other relevant local organizations, Extension Agents, […]


Upcoming Class for Beekeepers

~ Other News and Special Announcements ~ Beekeepers often ask me, “What is this flower and will my bees use it?” Sometimes I know the answer and can tell them exactly what the flower is and whether or not honey bees are likely to use it. Other times, my answer […]


Updates on native plants, duck eggs, and honey

~ Grassy Roads Farm Life ~   Hi Everyone, I hope you are staying safe and healthy in these crazy, uncertain times. With everything changing so rapidly, I wanted to give you an update of some of the changes I’m making with the farm and nursery. I have decided that […]


Happy New Year

Happy New Year!     Shannon Trimboli 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. In 2018, her first book, Plants Honey Bees […]


Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

From my family to yours: Happy holidays and a very merry Christmas!       Shannon Trimboli 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, […]


Free Shipping on Book

~ Other News & Special Events ~ For Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday, I’m offering free shipping on my book, Plants Honey Bees Use in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. This is the first book to focus on the plants used by honey bees in […]


Happy Thanksgiving!

  I am eternally grateful for all the friends, family, and others who have supported and encouraged me on this amazing adventure. I wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving week filled with great memories, great food, and most importantly great people! Happy Thanksgiving!       Shannon Trimboli is […]


2018 Holiday Sale

For Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday, I am offering free shipping on my book plus 10% of your order will be donated to honey bee research. This offer is only valid for books ordered from my website between Nov. 19 and Dec. 2, 2018. Must […]


Happy 4th of July

~ Kentucky Pollinators & Backyard Wildlife ~ Hi Everyone, I’m taking this week off from posting blogs. Hope you and your family have a great 4th of July. Shannon      


Upcoming Events for Local Folks

~ Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife ~   Hi Everyone, I wanted to quickly let you know about a couple of events coming up in the next few days. Saturday, April 21, is the SoKY Earth Day Festival. This event will take place on the square in Franklin, KY from […]


Where Can You Find My Book?

“Where can I find your book?” is a question that I have been asked numerous times over the last couple of months. To answer the question, I have put together a list of where you can purchase my book. I’ll keep the list updated on my website as new locations […]


Kentucky Pollinator Blog – Growing and Changing in 2018

Over the last month or so, I’ve been thinking about the future of this blog. I know I didn’t write much last year because I was putting all my energy into my book. However, I would like to get this blog started again this year. I enjoy writing it and […]


The proofs arrived!

Last week I announced that my first book was at the printer. The proofs came yesterday. I am really excited about how they look! Only a couple more steps to go and then they will be ready to print. I think we are still on track for delivery in late […]


Swarms – What are they and what should you do if you find one

Swarm season started about a week ago. As a beekeeper, this is always an exciting time. First, I’m trying to manage my hives so they don’t swarm. So far, I’m succeeding in that respect this spring. Second, I’m hoping to catch several swarms to increase my number of hives. We caught […]


Tracking the Blooms

“Everything seems to be blooming early this year,” has been a common observation over the last month. I’ve made it and so have many of my friends and colleagues. But memories, especially casual observations from a year or more ago, can be tricky. That’s why many people who are interested […]


Kentucky’s Pollinator Conservation Plan

If you are reading this blog, then it is probably because you are interested in pollinators. You are probably also aware that honey bees and other insect pollinators are declining. Facebook and other social media outlets are full of memes designed to raise awareness about declining honey bee populations and […]


Learning to be a Beekeeper

Beekeeping is not easy, nor is it cheap. It takes patience. It takes persistence. It takes a love for what you are doing and for the bees under your care. For those thinking about becoming beekeepers, I strongly recommend attending bee club meetings and bee schools. Meet local beekeepers. Ask […]


Introduction

Pollinators represent a diverse group of organisms. Bees (specifically honeybees), butterflies, and hummingbirds are the first animals most people think of when someone mentions pollinators. But there are many other types of pollinators. Beetles, moths, bats, ants, and flies are just a few examples of other less commonly thought of […]

Butterfly on milkweed.