Celebrate National Honey Bee Day with lectures, demonstrations, and presentations. Plus, learn about Florida native wildflowers and how to attract honeybees, native bees and other pollinators to your garden.
Keith Councell from Councell Farms examines honey bee hives at Edison and Ford Winter Estates.
• The Beekeepers Association of Southwest Florida to give Honey Bee ecology and plant pollination lectures starting at 9 a.m.
• Demonstrations on an open hive, honey extraction and bottling, and bee wax and candle making
• Observation hive and information table
• Hands-on demonstration on bee keeping for kids
• Florida Native Plant Society on site to answer native plant questions
• Multiple vendors with pollinator and other plants available for sale
• Food trucks and live music!
Approximately one third of the food that humans consume each day requires pollination, including fruits, vegetables, nuts and other crops. Bees are also the primary pollinator for many beautiful flowers that grow in the wild or are cultivated for use in landscaping.
In addition to Honey Bees, there are more than 4,000 native bee species in North America; more than 300 of those are found in Florida, and of those, 29 are endemic (found only in Florida). Due to pesticide use, disease and parasites, bee populations have decreased considerably. Across the United States, some native bee species have been added to the endangered list, such as the rusty-patched bumblebee, Bombus affinis, and seven species of the Hawaiian yellow-faced bees.
Visitors will also be able to see the beginnings of a new Florida native wildflower demonstration garden, which is being installed around the Honey Bee apiary. Wildflowers will provide nectar and pollen for the Honey Bees and other pollinators. Future garden talks, children’s programming and interpretive signs will provide more opportunities for visitors to learn about pollinators and the benefits of utilizing native plants.