Inspire, Educate, and Connect our Community


Honeybee Centre is injecting green spaces and pollinators into our community and providing education about honeybees, native pollinators, and about ways you can support bees from your own backyard. Our goal is to build 10 community bee gardens, each with 2 honeybee colonies, every year until we establish 100 pollinating honeybee colonies around the City of Surrey.


The Gardens:

Each garden footprint is 10' x 10' and contains a variety of plants that support honeybee and native bee populations. Each garden will contain nesting materials or homes for four types of bees: honeybees, mason bees, miner bees and bumble bees. Each garden will have a unique personality with features designed by local artists.


Education:

Honeybee Centre will provide 2 education days per community bee garden throughout the season with an open invitation to the public to come learn about beekeeping and pollination. We will display signage on the gardens to provide information about pollinators, beekeeping, and how the public can support bees in their own backyards. Additionally, we strive to work with the hosts to provide information unique to their mandate; it could be education on heirloom plant varieties, on edible plants, or beneficial weeds. Our goal is to collaborate with each host to share their knowledge through the gardens.


Giving Back:

All of the honey that we collect from the Community Bee Gardens will be bottled and donated and/or sold with 100% of the proceeds going to the Surrey Food Bank. Our goal is that upon establishing 100 colonies we will be able to donate 2000 kg of local wildflower honey each year to the food bank in the form of honey and a cash donation.

2016 Donors:

Soil and plants for all garden plots: Miles Hunter Hunters Garden Centre
Honey Label & Bee Garden Logo/Design: Tanya Zboya Zboya Designs
Design and facilitation of garden fences: Kayla Feenstra DragonLily Gardens

Garden space provided by: City of Surrey: www.surrey.ca

2016 Community Bee Garden Hosts:

Historic Stewart Farm (13723 Crescent Road)

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (pending) (12666 72 Ave)

PLOT Sustainable Food Garden (13742 71 Ave)

Cedargrove Community Garden (10222 141 St)

Uraban Safari Rescue Society (1395 176 St)



Beekeeping Demonstrations:
Our expert beekeepers will be giving presentations at each of our Community Bee Garden locations in the coming months.  To find out where and when they will be taking place, visit our events calendar here


How to get involved:

There are a number of ways to get involved in the Community Bee Gardens. Check out the options below to find out how you can help.


Join our Community Bee Garden Project Mailing list:

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Garden Site Hosts

Would you like to be the host of one of the community gardens?  Here’s a few things that Honeybee Centre will consider as a potential site host! Even if you do not meet all of the criteria, we still encourage you to reach out. The most important aspect of a host site are that the space is public-friendly and that the host is engaged, enthusiastic, and takes pride in the garden on their site.

1. Support from the host
            a. Public engagement – how will the host help promote and educate the public about the different components of the garden?
            b. Light maintenance – can the host do some light maintenance (some weeding, watering, remove any garbage around, etc) on a regular basis to keep the space looking groomed?
            c. Optional: Beekeeping Assistance – Does the host have a beekeeper or an individual willing to do some training to help manage the colonies or report to our experienced beekeeping team?

2. Location
            a. Accessibility to the public: We want everyone to enjoy the garden who wants to.
            b. Accessibility after hours/at night for moving colonies/equipment
            c. Visibility from public areas - We want the public to see the garden even if they weren’t looking for it!

3. Logistics
            a. Is there access to water?
b. Is there storage space for beekeeping and gardening equipment?

If you or your organization would like to host one of the gardens apply here.

Volunteers

Do you have a green thumb?  Experience with bees?  Or just want to help out with a fun community project?  

We're looking for volunteers to help with the maintenance of our community bee gardens.

Volunteers will receive a special Community Bee Gardens t-shirt as a thank you for their time.

If you're interested in volunteering on the project you can apply to be a volunteer here

Garden Design Artists

Apply to design one of our gardens to give each one a unique flavour. Play with the garden beds, the installations and even the flower choices – we’ll make your idea come to life under your artistic direction! Almost anything is possible!

Artists will be featured on signage, on our website, our social media and the various marketing efforts of the project.

Apply to design one of our gardens here


 
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