Bee Nice: Upcoming Apiary Events

Beekeeper Joel Eckel, photo credit: Pam RogowIn the words of Gob Bluth, "We'll see who brings in more honey."

The Wyck House in Germantown is offering an "Introduction to Beekeeping" class this Saturday, February 20 at 2:00 p.m. Wyck’s beekeeper Joel Eckel will offer up the secrets to getting your hive started in time for spring.

Registration for the workshop is required. Email Lori Litchman at llitchman@wyck.org or call 215-848-1690. For more information, visit wyck.org. Wyck is located at 6026 Germantown Avenue. The cost of the workshop is $5; free for Germantown residents. 

The Philadelphia Beekeeping Guild has several other awesome upcoming apiary events:

Thursday, Feb 25: Intro to Beekeeping, 7-8 p.m. Suzanne Matlock, founding member of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, will lead the workshop. The “Green on Greene” building, 6819 Greene St.; $5 at the door. For information, call 215 842-1040. 

Saturday, March 6 and March 13: “Start Up Workshop: Build your Hive Here,” 2:30-6 p.m. If you’ve already decided to begin beekeeping in 2010, take advantage of this opportunity to assemble your hive kit among other beginners and experienced beekeepers. Now is the time to purchase your hive kits from a reputable beekeeping supplier. (They usually cost about $200.) You can still order through David Harrod of the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild. You’ll leave this workshop with a completed hive and all the support required to start beekeeping at home. Pre-registration required; contact Dave Harrod at davehapa@mac.com or 215-760-4162. The “Green on Greene” building, 6819 Greene St, $5; free to members of Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild. 

Saturday, March 6: If You’re Thinking about Beekeeping, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Drop in for informal introduction by local beekeepers. Presented by the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild in association with the Lorenzo Langstroth Bicentennial. The “Green on Greene” building, 6819 Greene St, $5; no reservation necessary. For information, call 215 842-1040. 

Saturday, March 6: “The Father of American Beekeeping: Philadelphia’s own Lorenzo Langstroth,” 10:30 a.m. Carl Flatow discusses Langstroth, the unsung hero who was born 200 years ago on Front Street. Philadelphia International Flower Show, Convention Center, Lecture Series Room 201B or C, on the bridge between the Flower Show floor and the Grand Ballroom area. 

Saturday, March 6: "Gardening for Bees: Honey Themed Lunch and Bee Friendly Gardening," 12:30-4:30 p.m. This event will feature specialty honey tastings, a film on colony collapse disorder (Nicotine Bees) and a presentation on bee-friendly gardening by Jim Bobb, 2008 Pennsylvania Beekeeper of the Year and Chair of the Eastern Apiary Society. Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Dr., reservations required; $20 or $20 for two. For details, contact Anaiis Salles at outreach@weaversway.coop or call 215-243-2350 x 119.