About Our Beekeeping Department


Our beekeeping department is devoted to supporting bees and their keepers.  We cater to beginning and experienced beekeepers as well as people interested in supporting honeybees and native bees in their own gardens and in their communities.  We provide high quality beekeeping equipment in addition to expert hive services, instruction, and support.  Your success at beekeeping is our number one priority!  We are pleased to offer a storefront where you can shop for beekeeping equipment and bee-loved plants in one location.  Try on bee suits, look at our display hives, and more.  Our store is open 7 days a week, so stop by any day to get what you need.

At Shonnard’s,  we specialize not only in beekeeping gear, but bee-loved plants as well.  We are always available to assist you in choosing plants that are beneficial to pollinators.  Stop by to see what is currently in bloom.

nectar_bee_supply_1-300x225OUR HISTORY

Nectary Bee Supply began in 2012 as a small independent beekeeping store providing supplies to customers in the Corvallis area through our website.  In the fall of 2014 Nectar Bee Supply was sold to Shonnard’s Nursery and incorporated into the garden center. Shonnard’s was a huge supporter of Nectar Bee Supply from the beginning, and shared a philosophy of great customer service, education, and support of the local community.  Now our customer’s can shop for beekeeping supplies and pollinator plants under one roof.


Jen Larsen – Department Manager and Co-founder; Beekeeping SpecialistJen_02

Jen runs the bee department, researches new products, teaches classes, and coordinates events.  Beekeeping provides her with an intensely absorbing and challenging hobby, access to a community of inspiring people, and the skills to house an army of pollinators in her own backyard.  Her advice to beginning beekeepers is to jump in with both hands.  A landscape architect in a past life, she is a certified Apprentice Beekeeper and currently both a Journey level student and mentor in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program. She is also active in the Linn-Benton Beekeeper’s Association and a member of the Oregon State Beekeeper’s Association.

KaressaKaressa Torgerson – Consultant and Co-founder
Karessa provides comprehensive beekeeper support through consulting, courses, and materials.  Karessa is an EAS Master Beekeeper who loves helping new beekeepers discover their own passion for bees. She is also working towards certification in Washington and Oregon. Her bee interests include swarms, brood analysis, drones, propolis, and bee nutrition.  She is available for consultations, hive assessments, pest and pathogen testing, classes, and public speaking engagements.