UNION — Persons interested in keeping honeybees and enjoying the fruits of the insects’ labors are invited to take part in a workshop for beginning beekeepers this Saturday at the Piedmont Physic Garden.
“Homegrown Honey” will be held from 10 a.m.-noon and is designed to bring beginning beekeepers “up close and personal” with the bees they are hoping to keep and whose honey they are hoping to benefit from and enjoy. A press release from the PPG announcing the event listed the benefits of honey as ranging from “being a favorite toast topping to a sweetener in tea to staving off allergies.”
The press release further states that the workshop, which will be held at the garden which is located at 301 East South St., Union, is designed to teach beginning beekeepers how to produce their own honey. It states that the workshop will feature presentations on the various aspects of beekeeping from the following experienced beekeepers:
• Celena Goings, a journeyman beekeeper, who will speak on the effect of pests and pesticides on honeybees.
• Herschel Pressley, who has kept bees for more than 50 years, will describe how to obtain bees for the hive, including how to capture wild honey bees.
• Jean and Frank Pennas, who are certified beekeepers, will provide education on the life-cycle of honey bees, their products, and the equipment required for keeping bees.
Those attending the workshop will also have the opportunity to see an observation hive, beekeeping equipment, and a new invention from New Zealand called the “Flow Hive.”
The cost of Saturday’s workshop is $20 and space is limited. To reserve your spot, please call 864-427-2556 or email at [email protected]
Located on four contiguous lots stretching from 301 E. South Street to 217 S. Mountain St. in Union, the Piedmont Physic Garden is inspired by the Chelsea Physic Garden, a small botanical garden located in London, England. Plans are for the garden to eventually include an apothecary garden that will feature plants with historical medicinal uses, many of them native to the Piedmont as well as the southern Appalachian corridor. In the long-term, the properties will be converted into a campus that will house several ornamental garden areas, and the existing homes used for housing interns and visiting faculty.
The lots for the Piedmont Physic Garden were donated by the families of Dr. and Mrs. Paul Switzer and the Honorable and Mrs. Jack Flynn. PPG Founder Toccoa W. Switzer said that is it hoped that the garden will become a resource for the community as well as a tourism destination that is pleasing to the spirit.
PPG is a 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is horticultural and environmental education for children, teens and adults in Union County and the surrounding Piedmont region of South Carolina.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.