Master Gardeners: Bees in the 'Burbs: Basic Beekeeping for Beginners

Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by Cupertino_Library


If your favorite fantasy is a humming beehive in your back yard and your own fresh honeycomb on your morning toast, come to Cupertino Library’s next Master Gardener’s program, “Bees in the ‘Burbs: Basic Beekeeping for Beginners” this coming Wednesday, January 22nd  at 7 pm.  Master Gardener Vera Kark has been hosting bees in her garden for the past five years.  She’ll teach you what the novice suburban bee keeper needs to know before you get started.  
If bee keeping sounds more daunting than you’d bargained for, don’t lose heart. You can still attract honeybees and other pollinators to your garden by following Vera’s tips to make your garden more inviting for them.
This program will be held at the Cupertino Community Hall at 10350 Torre Ave, next door to the library on the Cupertino Civic Center Plaza. Our next Master Gardener’s program will be in March, the date and topic TBA.

Tagged: Cupertino News, Beekeeping, Cupertino Library, Master Gardeners Series, Vera Kark



I appreciate your quick response - great resources to try out. warm regards, Laurenjoan

Sounds like a buzz of a program! Wish I could come...

I'm thinking of starting a bee-hive colony in my backyard, but I can't make it all the way to Cupertino for the program - can you suggest some library resources I can check out on bee-keeping?

Recommended Books On BeeKeeping

Dear Lauren Joan,
why yes! And thank you for your comment. I'll give you the authors and the titles of four of the newer books on the topic:

Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities by Luke Dixon 2012. Call number is 638.1 Dixon Cupertino's copy of this is checked out until February 6th, but we'd be happy to help you place a hold on that item if you would like.

Keeping Bees with Ashley English by Ashley English, 2011. Call number 638.1 English This book is not owned by Cupertino, but the Los Altos and Morgan Hill Libraries own it, and we'd be glad to help you place a hold on it.

The Backyard BeeKeeper: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden by Kim Flottum, 2005 Call no. 638.1 Flottum. Once again, Cupertino does not own this book, but it is at the Saratoga, Los Altos, Campbell, Milpitas and Morgan Hill Libraries, and you may either go to one of those libraries or place a hold on the book.

Storey's Guide to Keeping Honeybees: Honey Production, Pollination and Bee Health. by Malcolm T. Sanford and Richard E. Bonney, 2010. Call number 638.1 Bonney. This book is currently in and available at Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Altos, Milpitas and Gilroy.

If you'd like to do your own search on our online catalog, I found several titles on Bee Keeping in the library catalog by typing "Bee Keeping" into the keyword field, but many of them are much older than the four specific titles I gave you here.

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