Community Beekeepers

Hudson Gardens provides opportunities for beekeepers to practice the craft of beekeeping in a community apiary setting. Each year, both new and experienced beekeepers are invited to apply to this program.

The Benefits of Beekeeping at Hudson Gardens

  • A beautiful setting with an abundance of diverse nectar sources.
  • Access to a community of beekeepers who can answer questions and assist with conducting hive assessments.
  • Participation in apiary mentorship sessions.
  • Opportunities to engage with the public and promote beekeeping.

Get a Head-Start on your Beekeeping Plans

All Hudson Gardens’ Beekeepers must agree to the following:

  • Use of natural integrated pest management methods that are minimally invasive, chemical-free, and non-toxic.
    Participation in educational outreach activities on behalf of Hudson Gardens.
  • Non-commercial usage of honey and other products derived from the hive at Hudson Gardens.
  • Attendance at four required beekeeping classes: Beekeeping BasicsHive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives and Package BeesHoneybee Hive Management Systems, and Honeybee Hive Inspections. Attendance at Beekeeping Express can be substituted for the four required classes.**

**Class requirements must be met prior to establishing hives at Hudson Gardens and may be waived at the discretion of Hudson Gardens for experienced beekeepers.

Application Process

We are now accepting application for 2019-2020 Community Beekeepers. The application deadline is December 1, 2019. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified by January 13, 2020.

Beekeeping Express

Prepare for your first season of beekeeping with our beekeeping express classes! You’ll learn how honeybees make honey, how to set up your first hive, how to keep your bees through a tough Colorado winter and everything in between!

This intensive two-part course spans the basics of starting, inspecting, and maintaining a healthy colony of honeybees. All six core classes will be covered in this express course. The six core classes consist of overview of the honeybee and pollination, beekeeping basics, hive management, hive startup, hive inspections and overwintering hives.

The dates of the Beekeeping Express classes will be held on Wednesdays, Jan. 8 and Feb. 12, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Beekeeping Express ($115/member; $125/non-member).

Beekeeping Classes

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Beekeeping Express

Jan 08

Beekeeping Express

Jan 15

Honeybee Hive Management Systems

swarm of bees

Feb 19

Swarm Prevention & Spring Management

Mar 11

Hive Startup: Installing Nucleus Hives & Package Bees

Bee with mite

Apr 01

Mitekeeping 101

A beekeeper inspects his honey bee hive.

Apr 08

Honeybee Hive Inspections

Meet the Beekeeper

May 09

FREE - Meet the Beekeeper

Meet the Beekeeper

Jun 10

So You Want to Be a Beekeeper?

Meet the Beekeeper

Jun 13

FREE - Meet the Beekeeper

Meet the Beekeeper

Jul 11

FREE - Meet the Beekeeper

Meet the Beekeeper

Aug 08

FREE - Meet the Beekeeper

Honey harvest products of hive

Aug 12

Honey Harvest & Products of the Hive

Snow on the ground at the Honey Bee Apiary.

Sep 09

Overwintering Honeybee Hives

Meet the Beekeeper

Sep 12

FREE - Meet the Beekeeper

Beekeeping Resources