Join me to learn more and more about how to keep bees and care for them. I offer beginning and intermediate classes and workshops for children and adults. Many are onsite and all are loads of fun!
All of Garden Variety Bees Classes have moved to Blooming Ranch as of January 2023. You can register for them at bloomingaz.com.
Class: Intro to Beekeeping
$50 per person Register Here
This two-hour class will introduce you to the world of beekeeping in Arizona. We will cover equipment, hive placement, inspections, honeybee life-cycle and behavior, month-by-month responsibilities, honey, and other topics to get you off on the right foot.
Class: The Amazing World of Honeybees for kids
$15 per person Register Here
This one an a half hour class, for kids ages 7-14, will open your child’s eyes to the wonders of the honeybee. We will talk about and experience all the incredible things bees produce, from propolis to beeswax and honey. Kids will learn what a honeybee does from the time it hatches to the whirlwind life of pollinating and making honey.
We won’t be opening up a beehive, but we will have an observation hive for the kids to see bees in action inside the hive. A fun craft for some hands-on learning and a roll-playing honeybee game will bring bee life up close and personal.
Class: Bee Relocation
$40 per person (none scheduled)
This two-hour class will introduce you to methods for relocating swarms and colonies from trees and structures. We will go over the various tools and extraction methods you can employ to save bees. I will also discuss building vacuums, how to wire your own frames, and how to extract honey from cut outs.
Workshop: Queen Marking & Re-queening
$30 per person (none scheduled)
Queens are the lifeblood of the hive and the oneway you can determine the behavioral characteristics of your hive. Here in Arizona it is vital to know how to manage queens.