The VitalBeeBuds mission: pollinators’ favorite forage…enhancing harvests, habitats and health is crucial to support long term, local food production. In Gardnerville, an off-the-grid, salt-box, GAHT greenhouse was built to fulfill a commitment to permaculture and sustainability. The marriage of growing and selling perennials with the on-site compost system, free ranging chickens and native plants took off. The first year (2020) at Farmers Markets resulted in hundreds of perennial flowers going into gardens or new pollinator patches inspired an ongoing emphasis to provide access to the tried and true perennials that thrive here and that are the most-attractive-to-
An all inclusive approach to attracting all pollinators means a large variety are grown. This is important not only to provide nectar and pollen but homes for pollinators.
VitalBeeBuds sells pollinator perennial flowers and shrubs. Plants are selected to be the most hardy for the Great Basin; with a focus on natives some of which are known to be very drought tolerant in our lean or sandy soil.
The characteristics of fragrance, color and single pedals are what attract the different pollinators: solitary bees, honey bees, beetles, butterflies, moths and bats. Some serve as ground cover, some coexist with the vegetable or medicinal garden and some are taller cut flowers…there is something for everyone.
Plant lists can be viewed online at VitalBeeBuds.com. Purchase online or at Farmers Markets with the additional option of scheduling drop off/pick up.
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