Over the last decade we've witnessed a steep decline in the honey bee population in this country; a decline of 60% of the population on the east coast and as much as a 70% decline on the west coast. The University of Georgia released a study just last week that concludes that this decline is caused by a devastating parasite and, even more alarming, pesticides. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Sidney Smith and his father Sid, the Botanical Garden has sheltered several hives over the last four years. Honey harvested from those hives was also donated to the Botanical Garden and sold as part of our fall fund raiser.
We are very grateful to Dr.Sidney and Sid Smith for their efforts in restoring the honey bee population through our facility and for providing us with this very timely learning opportunity.