During our trip to Savannah/Tybee Island, I got the unexpected treat of realizing one of the two items on my bucket list. (I am horrible about making bucket lists.) We wandered into the Savannah Bee Company on River Street to sample different honeys and started talking with the store assistant Usher. My son was interested in visiting the Mead Bar at their Broughton Street store and I was just interested in bees, period. I told Usher I’d dreamed of becoming a beekeeper for years and had done a little research into the beekeeping organizations in Cincinnati. He immediately honed in on my genuine interest and said that he could give us a tour of the Bee Gardens at the Wilmington Island site if we were interested. Were we!
I actually wasn’t sure whether anyone else in the family was interested in going. My son said yes immediately and my husband was on board. My mom and my daughter weren’t as sure, but decided that they could brave their fears, so we were all in. I called Usher and set it up. For $3/each, we got a more personal and intimate version of the Bee Experience that they often give to school groups.
We donned veiled hats and met Ted, the owner of Savannah Bee Company who was checking the hives at the back of the Wilmington Island store. Both Ted and Usher were very generous and exuberant tour guides. They answered every question we had and let my son and I inspect the hives up close. We looked for the queens and saw tiny eggs inside the honeycomb chambers. It was fascinating.
I left drooling, more convinced than ever that I wanted to host hives in my backyard. But I wasn’t so sure my neighbors would feel the same way. I live in a suburban neighborhood. Both my neighbors have backyard pools. There are always people walking barefoot in my yard and often in theirs. We have bees anyway, but I’m not sure that adding a few thousand more would be such a welcome idea. Or maybe it would; the bee would help pollinate their gardens. Before I get a hive I’ll have to ask them how they’d feel about it. But first, I’ll ask you.
How would you feel if your neighbor started keeping bees?