UNION — Piedmont Physic Garden and the Union County Beekeepers Association invite you to get up close and personal with bees with a July 30 workshop for beginning beekeepers from 10 a.m.-noon at the garden on 301 East South Street.
Honey has a long list of praises from being a favorite toast topping to a sweeter in tea to staving off allergies. Learn to produce your own with advise from four beekeepers from the Union County Beekeepers Association.
Celena Goings, a journeyman beekeeper, 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; and certified beekeepers Jean and Frank Pennas will provide education on the lifecycle of honey bees, their products, and the equipment required for keeping bees. Attendees will have the opportunity to see an observation hive, beekeeping equipment, and a new invention from New Zealand, the “Flow Hive.”
The cost of the workshop is $20 and space is limited. To reserve your spot, please call 864-427-2556 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
This story courtesy of the Piedmont Physic Garden.