We had the good fortune of connecting with Brad Kuhn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brad, we’d love to hear more about how you came up with the idea of starting your own business?
We wanted to highlight the declining numbers of pollinators, primarily bees and butterflies. With almost 150 species of bees in Denver alone, the expansion of the Denver metro area is putting these pollinators at risk. Our goal is to fill more yards with these pollinator attaching plants which would reduce some of the grasses, shrubs and others that don’t help out as much. With people staying at home more now we have seen the demand for plants and home gardening increasing so we think it’s a perfect time to create more awareness for our community.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Simply put, we are Finding Nectar Nursery! We are a plant nursery dedicated to educating and providing our community with plants that help save your local pollinators: bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, bats, moths and countless other creatures in your own yard! Yes, there will be some new critters in your yard, but most are harmless, including 99.99% of bees! Come over and I’ll show you how to pet one if you don’t believe me. We are currently only selling plants for pollinators, so this coming spring 2021, we will not have most shrubs, grasses or trees. We are primarily focused on getting your backyard buzzing with activity for years to come with our plants! Our hope is that by educating and providing pollinator-friendly plants to our local community that we will see an increase in the many species of bees around Denver and they will be here to stay! While we hope to expand over the next few years, we are excited to start making our mark on the Denver area!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If you are coming to Denver the mountains should be at the top of your list! Head west and get outside to see everything they have to offer. If you are up for a drive, check out some hot springs while you’re out there. In the Fall, you can’t miss the colors of the leaves changing on the Aspens, or go skiing or snowboarding in the winter! One of our favorite activities in the mountains is to go rock climbing. Just outside of Denver you can find some great climbing at Clear Creek and Boulder creek. Food is always a tough choice! I just went to Root Down last night and have been there countless times. You will also find one in the airport, but you have to check out the one just north of downtown. For a great steak, you can’t miss Guard and Grace. If you aren’t afraid of a grungy biker bar, the best wings in town are at Piper Inn in Aurora.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would give a shoutout to my mom, Julie! Although she doesn’t know it, she is the one who inspired me from a young age to take an interest in plants. Her and my dad Mike spent countless hours tending to our little garden in the woods in Cascade Iowa. They both taught me that the things we need in our lives are worked for and not given; having a beautiful garden is not something that can be planted and forgotten about. My parents’ tenacity and this ongoing lesson are what inspired me to grow plants for bees and butterflies. I want to continue to have my own beautiful garden and make sure that generations to come can too. Plants need love just like people, and that will not only help you but could help make other people smile too!
Brad Kuhn Thomas Douglas