I am currently finishing up my first book, Plants Honey Bees Use in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Surrounding States: A Guide for Anyone Interested in Honey Bees. It should be available in late 2017 or early 2018.
I wrote Plants Honey Bees Use because I discovered a void in the beekeeping literature when I first started beekeeping. I was interested in learning what plants honey bees used in Kentucky and that I could plant to create more bee forage. There was very little information available, most of it was on the Internet, and most of it was written at a national scale. I wanted something more specific because how much honey bees use a given type of plant can vary widely within a state, much less at a larger, national scale. I also found out that many of my beekeeping and non-beekeeping friends were looking for a similar book, but also weren’t finding it. Since none of us could find the type of book we were looking for, I decided to write the book.
Plants Honey Bees Use in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Surrounding States: A Guide for Anyone Interested in Honey Bees contains full color pictures and descriptions of over 150 plants organized by when they bloom. Also included are chapters about honey bees and their plight, honey bee foraging behavior, factors that influence nectar and pollen production throughout a plant’s range, and planting for honey bees. It is written for beekeepers who want to know what flowers their bees might be visiting and for homeowners or others who may not be beekeepers but want to know what they can plant to help honey bees.
Please contact me if you would like to learn more about my book or would like for me to speak to your group or organization about honey bees and the plants they use.