GardenDrumHi Honey, I’m in the Gardens

Looking for super exotic honey? Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens has a trial-run of honey making from its first bee hive. Bees will have sipped nectar from one of the broadest range of exotic plants in the world.

Doug Purdie, Director Urban Beehive shows Kate Faithorn, Director Public Engagement at the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust the honey

Doug Purdie, Director Urban Beehive shows Kate Faithorn, Director Public Engagement at the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust the honey

Victoria Brown, business partner Urban Beehive, Doug Purdie, director Urban Beehive inspect the bee hive at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Victoria Brown, business partner Urban Beehive, Doug Purdie, director Urban Beehive inspect the bee hive at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

The hive, from Urban Beehive could produce around 100kg honey during the peak summer season. The plan is to sell the bottled honey available through the Botanic Gardens shop, with profits going back into conservation and maintenance programs.

Honey bees were first introduced to the Botanic Gardens in 1825 by early settlers looking to pollinate crops and produce honey. Sydney does not (yet) have any problems with bee colony collapse disorder or the destructive varroa mite. And with such a diversity of flowers all year round, this should prove to be a very interesting honey.

 

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