Four bee hives in the museum garden
From May 1 to October 30, 2017
Photo: Maude Laferrière
For the second year, urban beekeepers from the firm Alvéole will be tending the four hives located in a reserved spot, next to the Farmhouse garden. These four bee colonies will enjoy a feast, considering the quantity of plants, vegetables, trees and flowers on the museum site. They will help pollinate the flowers in the garden and, who knows, may make a record harvest possible!
The hives will be accessible during three information workshops that will be given to the public. The dates will be transmitted in the spring. And, at the end of the season, Refectory honey will be on sale in the museum gift shop.
Urban apiculture is growing in Montréal. It helps overcome the global decline in the bee population. Since pesticides are prohibited in the city, the bees here were less subject to disease. Moreover, through pollination, they contribute to the natural greening of the city. It should be noted that the bees do not sting, except when their hive is attacked.
Alvéole installs and maintains hives on rooftops and in backyards throughout Montréal. Their clients include individuals, organizations, schools and businesses such as the Cirque du Soleil, Caisses Desjardins, Aldo, the City of Westmount, the City of Stain-Lambert, Saputo and Accueil Bonneau. Alvéole makes citizens aware of the importance of bees in our ecosystem.