Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host a garden seminar focused on beginner beekeeping from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 22, at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St.

 

Dave Gallager from the Pineywoods Beekeepers Association will discuss the basics of getting started with bees, hive management and necessary equipment.

 

“I will cover different methods of how to get started with beekeeping and bring equipment for people to see and learn how to use effectively,” Gallager said.

 

An experienced, local beekeeper, Gallager has managed up to 50 hives. He volunteers his time to maintain and stock the observation hive at the SFA Arboretum and lends his support to the Bugs, Bees, Butterflies and Blossoms field trips. 

 

During the seminar, Elyce Rodewald, education coordinator at the PNPC, also will explore bee anatomy and behavior and discuss great pollinator plants for the garden.

 

Rodewald has been the education coordinator at SFA Gardens for 15 years and enjoys teaching about bees. With a background in science education and zoology, Rodewald is eager to share many fascinating facts about these pollinators.

 

There is a $5 suggested donation. To register, call (936) 468-1832.