On a beautiful sunny Sunday we enjoyed the most recent event in the Boyne Valley Food Series- The Story of Honey in the Bee Wise Gardens just outside the picturesque village of Kilmessan in County.Meath.
A sold out crowd descended on the beautiful Bee Wise Garden to enjoy a guided walk of the Garden with the proprietor of Bee Wise- Paddy to learn about all things bees, wildlife, gardens and honey.
Paddy started the tour in the picnic area of the garden which features a creeping thyme lawn which Paddy recommends if you want to make your garden more bee friendly as it is low maintenance but it makes for a hugh pollinator friendly area.
The tour then took us down through to the garden where we learned about the various plants and hedges that help to make gardens more bee friendly. One simple trick Paddy shared was to make a little “Bee Hotel” using a small wooden box and some bamboo canes.
The Bee Wise garden comprises of five acres of young woodland planted with a variety of bee loving trees and a large variety of flowering and fruiting hedgerows planted to encourage a diversity of wildlife interspersed with areas of wild flowers to attract bees, butterflies and insects. Along the walk there are lots of little hidden surprises including a bamboo teepee and a wishing chair as well as lots of information points giving fantastic facts about bees as well as information on the trees and plants.
One of the highlights of the tour was the opportunity to see how the bees actually live and work in the Observation Hive and trying to locate the queen bee!
Once we had seen and taken in the fabulous garden and bees it was time to learn about and taste the honey!
Paddy and his team at Bee Wise produce many different types of honey depending on the season and texture-
Visitors were able to taste some of the yummy seasonal honey and had the option to buy some honey on the day as well as beeswax candles and fabulous natural lip balm.
The aim of Bee Wise is to give people the chance to experience the wonder of nature close up and that was definitely experienced by visitors to The Story of Honey event. Paddy and his family’s passion for wildlife and making a difference to the ecosystem around them was evident and will hopefully have inspired visitors to make a difference by doing something small in their garden to help wildlife.
Bee Wise honey is available to purchase from the Bee Wise Shop by appointment (086 3446791) and during Open days.
The Bee Wise Garden and Nature Trail are hosting similar events in the future, visit their website for details and contact information- https://beewise.ie/
There are lots more fantastic events and experiences coming up in the Boyne Valley Food Series in 2019. Head over to https://boynevalleyflavours.ie/ to see the full line up.
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