If enough people put pollinator friendly plants in their yard, the world could change. Or at least the Denver metro region, said Brad Kuhn, owner of Finding Nectar Nursery in Westminster. The new …
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If enough people put pollinator friendly plants in their yard, the world could change. Or at least the Denver metro region, said Brad Kuhn, owner of Finding Nectar Nursery in Westminster.
The new startup that opened April 24 aims to educate and sell to people plants that are friendly to pollinators, such as bees and monarch butterflies. Given the threat facing pollinators — who play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy environment — the creation of a hospitable space goes a long way.
“It really doesn’t take a lot. If we get a lot of people doing this, to make a difference,” said Kuhn. “You can change the world by changing your backyard just slightly.”
Kuhn has done his research and the Denver metro area is home to 150 bee species, half of which are threatened or endangered, he said.
To mitigate that, Finding Nectar Nursery is selling plants that bloom year around that incentivize pollinators to make semi-permanent habitats. For example, columbines for spring blooming, English wallflower for the summer and primrose for the fall. That allows the pollinators to stay in one place, such as someone’s backyard, instead of moving each season.
“It would just make it so that they are not expending so much energy to go out and find those resources for themselves,” Kuhn said.
He compared it to a person getting food from their fridge one day to their neighbor’s fridge the next day to the local high school cafeteria the day thereafter.
Finding Nectar Nursery isn’t simply a store, it’s an opportunity to educate, he said. For example, Kuhn said he will explain to visitors why he doesn’t sell certain grasses that aren’t pollinator friendly and will offer a better alternative. Overall, Kuhn said, “I want people to be more cognizant of it and know what’s going on.”
Kuhn launched the startup in November, when he grew 12,000 plants from seeds in greenhouses by his home. By now, the plants, which represent about 40 different species, are fully developed and ready to bloom when a customer plants them in their yard. People can order plants for pickup online or reach out to Kuhn to schedule a time to visit. In the near future, Kuhn plans to open the nursery regularly on Saturdays.
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