welcome to a glimpse into my

tiny urban garden

It is dedicated to being a safe haven for ALL pollinators. Native nectar & pollen-producing flowers are selected with care to ensure pollinators are well-fed throughout the season.

I simplified my first step by starting with four medium-sized planters. They fit perfectly over the front porch railing allowing me to create an instant micro-garden which required little effort on my part. I’m still amazed at the number of pollinators who visited each day.  At the time, I didn’t know clearwing moths existed, let alone lived in my area! Seeing the Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis) for the first time was magical! I thought I’d seen a huge Bumble bee. Nope.

What I learned

The smallest garden will invite pollinators into its space. The size of it doesn’t matter. What matters most? The Plants. It’s all about the plants you’re asking the pollinators living in your area to eat.

This tiny urban garden is more than a place to watch flowers bloom. It’s transformed into a huge living classroom! I cherish it and rarely have a blank page in my Nature Journal. Nature Journaling for me is a record of what I learn from the natural world. It’s the minute notes of our meeting and spending time together.

Below is a small gallery of the pollinators and beneficial insects that visited the garden. I hope it inspires you to invite the pollinators into your garden and onto the pages of your Nature Journal.

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Bumble Bees
follow me around like puppies

a profound visit by a bumble bee marked a shift in my life

After we came nose to nose in a crowded parking lot, I discovered an enchanted world inspired by Nature and symbolism, in which flora and fauna are messengers of Nature’s teaching.

Because that Bumble Bee buzzed into my life, I found botanical illustration, and bumbles started following me around like puppies.

The work I create is guided by Nature to reflect the artistry and intelligence of the natural world.

I am forever bonded to the Bumble Bee.

bumble bee sleeping in pollinator garden
bumble bee sketches by stephey baker
pollinator garden pentas flower
bumble bee flying

reach out

say, hello

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