Berkshire Botanical Garden
This all-day program will give first year beekeepers the tools they need to start off their new hobby on the right foot. Topics will include honey bee biology, equipment, hive installation methods, basic pest management, honey and wax harvesting, and hive management through the seasons. A hands-on demonstration of installing a hive will follow this talk at a later date depending on the arrival date of the bees. Price includes lunch. Suggested supplementary texts: The Beekeepers Handbook by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile and The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottum.
Chris Wellens is the Director of Education at BBG and the head beekeeper of the BBG apiary. He also teaches on a wide variety of other topics involving the environment, gardening, and agriculture.
Advance registration is highly recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome, space permitting.
Withdrawals: To withdraw your registration from a class, please contact us as soon as possible so we can make your space available to others. If you give us at least 7 days’ notice prior to the event, we will refund you less an administrative fee equaling 25% of the program cost.
Please note: we cannot offer refunds for withdrawals less than 7 days before a class.