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WOW, what in the world went wrong? This is a commonly heard statement among beekeepers with 1 to 4 years of experience. This class, taught by Jesse Frierson of East Coast Honey, is tailored for beginner to fourth-year beekeepers as an enhancement to get you going again and help to refine your beekeeping skills. During this in-depth, one-day session, participants will get a solid refresher about beekeeping best practices and will learn many “tips of the trade” in helping to enhance your results in 2024 and as you begin preparations for the 2025 season.

Bring your list of the toughest questions and get the knowledge, information, and seasoned guidance you need after your inaugural beekeeper experiences—be they good, bad, or not-so-good. We’ll cover swarms, varroa mites, hive beetles, wax moths, honey harvesting, dealing with the late summer dearth, fighting back against yellow jackets, how to properly prepare your hives for the Fall and Winter months, and many other topics. This class will bring you to the next level of the beekeeping craft, help grow your passion for bees, and increase the positive impact you have on the environment through your beekeeping practices.

Fees: Member $74, Non-Member $88

All programs are subject to change. Pre-registration through our website is required. This class is cancelled.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden strives to be a Garden for all and we are committed to offering diverse adult learning opportunities that are inclusive and accessible to all learners. If you would like to request an accommodation to support your participation in an adult learning opportunity at the Garden, please contact [email protected] or call 804-262-9887 x328 and we will make our best effort to help.

Saturday, July 13, 2024
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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This class will include time for a lunchbreak; lunch will be on your own. The Garden Cafe will be open in the Robins Visitor Center. Please bring an inexpensive notepad and pen that you can use solely for beekeeping.

Jesse FriersonAbout the Instructor

At heart a devout “Country Boy” from Columbia, SC, Jesse Frierson’s beekeeping experience dates to 2010 after hearing about Colony Collapse Disorder. Like many at the time, Jesse really wanted “to do something” to help the struggling honeybee population. Shortly after moving from the city out to the country, a chance meeting with a local beekeeper led to Jesse joining a local beekeeping club, taking a beginner course and later ordering two packages of honey bees just for kicks! Fast forward over a decade later, Jesse now oversees the operation of hives in three states: VA, NC and SC. Trading as www.EastCoastHoney.com, its local, raw and unfiltered honey is prized and is a solid staple for many families from the Washington, DC area to Charleston, SC. Over the years Jesse has attended many state beekeeping conferences in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida. He is also a Certified Beekeeper in SC and holds beekeeping club memberships in both Virginia and South Carolina. An avid learner, Jesse continues to research many aspects of beekeeping to ensure continued successful experiences in caring for their honey bees and helping them to produce prized and high-quality honey.