Buzz around downtown at upcoming Pollinator Garden Tour |

Buzz around downtown at upcoming Pollinator Garden Tour

Jackie Grimaldi has been working on her garden, which includes these lupine flowers, since inheriting her downtown home from her mother 11 years ago.
Teresa Ristow

If you go:

What: Pollinator Garden Tour

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28

Where: Beginning at Steamboat Springs High School, 45 Maple St., and traveling to homes by bike or foot

Tickets: $15, register at

— Bees are buzzing for Jackie Grimaldi’s downtown garden.

While Grimaldi doesn’t specifically plant flowers to attract nature’s pollinators, she acknowledges that she and the bees seem to like some of the same plants.

“I have a lot of plants that attract the bees,” said Grimaldi, who has gardened at her home for 11 years since inheriting the house from her mother, who also gardened.

Grimaldi’s garden is one of three featured downtown spaces on Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s annual Green Garden Tour, taking place Tuesday evening at three houses near Steamboat Springs High School.

This year’s Pollinator Garden Tour specifically features plants that attract pollinators and is a continuation of YVSC’s February Talking Green event on beekeeping.

“There was a huge turnout for that,” said Cameron Hawkins, who is helping to organize the garden tour.

The walking or biking tour is limited to 30 people and will visit the gardens of Karen Vail, Grace Holt and Grimaldi.

Grimaldi said bees seem to particularly like asters in the fall and are drawn to salvia flowers. Her garden is also full of lupine, snapdragons, ferns, hastas, petunias and dozens of other flower and plant varieties.

Hawkins said YVSC reached out to Vail, an avid gardener, for suggestions of other pollinator gardens to visit.

“They are all gardens that attract the bees,” Hawkins said.

Gardeners at each home on the tour will be able to identify which plants are pollinators, Hawkins said.

Local beekeepers will also be on hand at the end of the tour Tuesday, which concludes with a reception at the Grimaldi home with heavy hors’ d’oeurvres and beverages.

Tickets are $15 and registration is required. Visit for more information.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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