We are so excited to kick off the 2023 growing season! This summer, we will be offering seasonal flower bouquets, spring through fall, designed from flowers grown right here at Indigo Acres.

Over the next few months, we will be building our flower stand, which we have lovingly named our “Bloomin’ Bungalow”! This magical space will be located right on our farm, in Rockford, Michigan. The Bloomin’ Bungalow will operate on a self-serve, honor system. We will accept payment via Venmo, PayPal, and cash (exact change only).

We hope to have our Bloomin’ Bungalow open for business by mid-summer, 2023. Stay tuned for our latest updates by subscribing or following us on Facebook and Instagram.

We can’t wait to share our blooms with you!

Happy Spring…Almost

2022 was one very busy year! Let’s take a look back…

We more than doubled our growing space, planted out an additional pollinator meadow, and added a second greenhouse. Let’s not forget about the 300+ pollinator friendly trees and shrubs planted last year alone. We were very busy bees!

Many individuals are surprised to find out that beekeeping is not my first love. Granted, I adore my sweet bees, but I fell in love with growing food and flowers while helping my dad garden, as a young girl. As soon as I graduated from college, gardening became my passion. I wanted our kids to know the importance of playing outside, digging in the dirt, and growing healthy food. 

Eight years ago, I purchased 2 honey bee colonies to bring more pollinators to our gardens. At the time, I had no intent of expanding, yet bee math happened! I find “bee math” to be much like “chicken math”. If you have chickens, you get it! Over the past eight years, I have loved offering hive tours, running Bee Camp for Kids, and assisting amazing individuals with their beekeeping journeys through our mentorship program. But, as the bee business grew, I found less and less time to tend to the gardens. 

Over the past two years, everything in life felt unbalanced. I knew my hive numbers needed to drop, for running 30 colonies on 13 acres was way too many. My goal was never to have competition between our honey bees and native pollinators. As sad as I was to lose 50% of my colonies in 2021 and 2022, after overwintering 100% prior, I truly believe everything happens for a reason. Mother Nature took care of bee math for me, knowing I never could. 

Last year, during our month long botanical garden adventure throughout the Midwest and East coast, we made the decision to change our name from “Indigo Acres Apiary” to “Indigo Acres Pollinator Sanctuary”. This title felt like a true representation of our passion… to grow, protect, and create for all pollinators. Note, I might be the only face you see here, but I have an amazing spouse that is a passionate gardener, as well.

So, what does this mean for 2023? Balance…Blooms…Bees. We have come full circle!

We are growing like never before, with our largest growing expansion to date! If you think bee and chicken math is rough, try dahlia math! We are currently constructing 3 large hoop houses to grow and protect precious cut flower blooms. Some of the 85+ varieties of dahlias we will be growing this season will be housed undercover. Numerous low tunnels are also being added, to the cottage garden, to ensure flawless ranunculus blossoms.

Finally, we are installing our second propagation greenhouse for additional growing space! We love growing for our pollinator friends, but as avid gardeners and flower fanatics, we are so excited to grow cut flowers for people, too. We can’t wait to share our blooms with you!

Oh, and if any of our 6 kiddos are reading this post…yes, plan on coming home to assist with building 4 extra large legos! 

Wishing everyone a beautiful spring season!

Roda & Crew


Lets celebrate our pollinator friends! Bracelets for Pollinators are handmade with love.  Each pollinator inspired bracelet is one of a kind, made with black elastic and natural semi-precious beads. 

Note: The beads will vary in color and pattern, due to being a natural product.

  • Handmade
  • 6mm or 8mm natural beads sizes available
  • 6″, 7″, 8″, and 9″ lengths available
  • Elastic thread
  • Comes in a drawstring burlap bag
  • A perennial pollinator plant will be planted in our meadows or gardens for every bracelet sold!
  • Custom sizing available

Just Released: Hummingbird Moth

Monarch Pack

Also Available

Coming soon…

Bracelets for Pollinators new edition: Bumble Bee

To support these amazing pollinators, visit our online shop

Bee Well,


Happy World Bee Day!

As a beekeeper and avid gardener, it is my goal to spread awareness about the significance of bees and other pollinators. Did you know that these amazing creatures pollinate 1/3 of the food we eat? Think about it…that’s one in three bites! Can you imagine life without avocados, asparagus, broccoli, peaches, berries and almonds to name a few?! If we all help just a little, think about the HUGE impact we can make together!

Here are some easy ways you can help your local pollinators thrive in your backyard…

  • There are many native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees that will make safe havens for your local pollinators. Attracting pollinators to your garden is simple. By providing the right plants and trees, soon your backyard will be bursting with hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. By selecting flowers that will provide blooms throughout the changing seasons, you are assisting your local pollinators to flourish year round. Remember, even if you have a small space, potted plants work well, too. And, don’t forget to use organic methods when growing your plants. 
  • Please allow the dandelions to flourish! The dandelion is the perfect flower. No purchase required! All you have to do is let this little wildflower grow. Dandelions are one of the first spring food sources for the bees. Please, let them live…
  • Provide a shallow water source. The saucers used under garden pots work well for this. Submerge rocks half-way underwater to act as a landing pad, thus keeping your local pollinators happy and hydrated.
  • Avoid the use of pesticides. These harmful chemicals kill our beneficial insect population.
  • Buy local! Support pollinator friendly farmers and beekeepers buy purchasing organic produce and raw honey.
  • Leave dead stumps and tree trunks for wood nesting insects.
  • Allow an area of your backyard to go WILD! This natural space will provide a safe haven for many pollinators.

Just think of the amazing impact we would have if each person took one little step towards pollinator protection…

What will you do in 2020 to help your local pollinators?

Happy World Bee Day!

Our motto is simple….Plant a Flower, Save a Bee!

💚 Roda

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The Old-Fashioned Lungwort

Today’s Feature Flower is the old-fashioned lungwort (Pulmonaria).

This early spring perennial is the first to bloom in our gardens. Lungworts are loaded with tiny, bell-shaped flowers, surrounded by mounds of hairy green leaves, spotted with white. These delicate beauties are perfect for mass planting and are loved by the bees. We have noticed our honeybees and numerous bumble bees visiting our lungwort boarder this season!
Height: 6”-12”tall
Bloom Color: blue, purple, red, pink and white
Bloom Time: early spring
Light: part sun- shade
Moisture: moist, rich in humus
Hardiness: zone 4-8 depending on the variety.
Variety Shown: “Raspberry Splash”
Bonus: deer & rabbit resistant!

As you are preparing for planting your garden, I hope you will find a little extra space to grow for your local pollinators. They work so hard for us daily… The least we can do for them is to provide chemical free forage.

Remember, when we help our local pollinators, they keep our food supply plentiful!
Bee Well,

Our motto is simple…
“Plant a Flower, Save a Bee”!

For more information about Indigo Acres Apiary, visit our About Us page…

The Whimsical Cosmos

This week’s Feature Flower is the whimsical cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus). This annual is loved by not only our honey bees, but our native bees, hummingbirds, moths and butterflies. Due to its ease to grow from seed and ability to thrive in poor soil, this simple beauty will flourish with minimal water and lots of sunshine!

Height: 3’-6’ tall
Bloom Color: pink and white with yellow centers
Bloom Time: summer- fall
Light: full sun
Hardiness: annual

Cosmos is available in numerous varieties. Over the years, I have found that the basic pink and white, flat- petaled flowers are most loved by our honey bees and local pollinators.

I purchase all of my cosmos seeds from Botanical Interests. The following two varieties are organic heirlooms. They have both been a huge success in our pollinator gardens and meadows.

Sensation Blend Cosmos Seeds

Sea Shell Blend Cosmos Seeds

As you are preparing for planting your garden, or if you have already planted it, I hope you will find a little extra space to grow for your local pollinators. They work so hard for us daily… The least we can do for them is provide chemical free forage. Remember, when we help our local pollinators, they keep our food supply plentiful!

Bee Well,


Our motto is simple…
“Plant a Flower, Save a Bee”!

To learn more about Indigo Acres Apiary, visit our About Us page.

Glory of the Snow

As a beekeeper, I feel it is my duty to provide healthy forage for my bees. I’ve had a passion for flowers and bees for as long as I can remember. I love that my two favorite things complement one another so beautifully. This week’s Feature Flower, ‘Glory of the Snow’ (Chionodoxa) was a much needed addition to our early spring bee forage.

‘Glory of the Snow’ is a whimsical spring blooming bulb that is very cold hardy, blooming as far north as USDA hardiness zone 3. These bulbs are planted 2-3 inches deep in mid to late fall, about one month before your last frost date. They make a beautiful addition to your lawn, due to their extremely early bloom time. They naturalize beautifully, so make sure you give them a permanent home! Wait six weeks after the flowers have bloomed to cut back/mow down the foliage. These plants need time to store up energy before going dormant.

Flower Color: blue, white & pink
Pollen color: bright yellow
Height: 5-6 inches tall
Bloom Time: March-April
Light: full/part sun
Hardiness: zone 3-9

March-April can be a very challenging time for our honeybees. As the temperatures rise, the bees are ready to begin foraging, yet the nectar and pollen sources are slim. Our maple and willow trees are extremely helpful, but I wanted more. Adding hundreds of ‘Glory of the Snow’ bulbs to our lawn provided much needed nectar and pollen for not only our honey bees, but our native pollinators.

Our motto is simple…
“Plant a Flower, Save a Bee”!

Bee Well, Roda

My Earth Day Wish…

Every dream begins with a wish…

These photos might not capture a sweet bee, but they represent the importance of the dandelion. This magical wildflower is a vital spring food source for not only our honey bees, but the local pollinators.

On this Earth Day, my wish is for the dandelions to be allowed to flourish in all backyards. The next time you see a dandelion loaded with seeds, don’t forget to make a wish and blow.

Who knows…maybe your wish will come true!

Remember, when we take care of our Earth, our pollinators thrive and keep our food supply plentiful.

What is your Earth Day wish?

Bee Well, Roda

Our motto is simple… Plant a Flower, Save a Bee…

Cutleaf Coneflower: A Gift for the Pollinators

This towering beauty is loved by not only our honey bees, due to its rich nectar and pollen, but our native pollinators as well. Commonly called the cutleaf coneflower “autumn sun” (Rudbeckia laciniata), this stunning perennial is visited by both long and short-tongued bees, wasps, butterflies, skippers, and moths.

The cutleaf coneflower is a wonderful choice if you like a large statement in your garden. (Who doesn’t?) These towering beauties reach 8’-10’ and create a beautiful summer-fall feature.

Cut leaf coneflowers are native to the majority of the U.S., except for the far west, thriving in moist, well drained soil.

These bright yellow flowers have a lime green central cone and bloom from July-September.

Height: 8’-10’ tall
Bloom Color: yellow
Bloom Time: summer- fall
Light: sun to part shade
Hardiness: zones 4-8

It is important to keep the cutleaf coneflower watered well to avoid providing support. I recommend growing along a fence if possible. This will make supporting this huge beauty much easier, if necessary. Out of all the plants we grow, the cut leaf coneflower seems to be a bumble bee favorite. Its rich nectar just keeps on giving when the other blooms are winding down in late summer.

Last year, I harvested seeds from one of our plants. This will be my first season growing this variety from seed. I will let you know how it goes!

Our motto is simple…
“Plant a Flower, Save a Bee”!

Bee Well! Roda

My Wish: Let the Dandelions Live!

As a beekeeper and avid gardener, I feel it is my duty to provide healthy forage for my bees and local pollinators. Considering the world’s current situation, purchasing spring plants is going to be nearly impossible for most. But, I have an effortless way you can help your local pollinators without spending a cent…

Let the dandelions live!

I consider this “so-called” weed a perennial wildflower, for she is a member of the aster family. This beauty is coveted as an herb, for the leaves, flowers and roots are all edible. This powerhouse plant is also rich in vitamins A, B, C and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium and zinc.

More importantly, these whimsical flowers are one of the first food sources for the bees. The pollen is moderately nutritious and the nectar is abundant!

This spring, please think twice before you spray harsh chemicals on these beauties. Allowing dandelions to thrive is a wonderful spring gift for your local bees and other beneficial insects. Remember, when we help our pollinators thrive, they keep our food supply plentiful!

Bee well! 💚Roda