World Bee Day at Springvale Botanical Cemetery

20 May 2019
World Bee Day at Springvale Botanical Cemetery

World Bee Day is on Monday 20 May 2019 and we want to celebrate by sharing some interesting facts about bees!

Did you know that Springvale Botanical Cemetery has bee hives? The 14 hives produce 375kg of honey per year. You can even purchase the honey at Cafe Vita et Flores.

Bees are extremely important in the sustainability of food for their role in pollination. Not only do they provide nutrient-rich honey, but they are also responsible for the pollination of nearly three-quarters of the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food.

Making honey is tiring work for these busy workers. Honey bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey.

Honey can be kept for many years. When sealed in an airtight container, honey is one of the few foods known to have an eternal shelf life. So that means you can stock up on our Heavenly Scented Honey and enjoy it for years to come.

Our beekeepers ensure the longevity of our hives by only taking a sustainable amount of honey from the hives. A productive bee colony makes two to three times more honey than needed to survive the winter. When harvesting honey from a beehive, beekeepers try not to take anything the bees will miss.

Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiardis says there are more than 1,500 species of bees and valuable pollinators in Australia. His advice is:

“We need to look after our bees across the year and we can do it by thinking a little bit more extensively about how plants flower seasonally.”

The gardens at Springvale Botanical Cemetery are not only beautiful to walk through, but they are also attracting bees to come to the area and visit the hives.

We are currently all sold out but keep an eye out for new honey stock at Cafe Vita et Flores later this year.

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