Beekeeping Workshop #1: Getting Started As A Beekeeper

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wilton Library
Rimer Room

Event Details

If you’ve taken the Beekeeping Intro class, you’ll be well versed in the background of beekeeping. Workshop #1 goes into the fine details:

  • Decide which management approach to beekeeping you will follow (medicated beekeeping; natural beekeeping, organic beekeeping).
  • Ordering your equipment and bees
  • Assembling your hives and the frames that go in them
  • Installing your bees into the hive
  • Discover the tricks for successfully lighting your smoker and keeping it going for hours. What exactly does the smoker do?
  • Learn about the best and safest ways to open your hive, and how to inspect and enjoy your bees as well as how to maintain a healthy colony year-round.
  • What should you expect when you’re inspecting?
  • Develop good habits right from the start by following tried-and-true “rules of the road.”
  • Become familiar with basic inspection techniques and appreciate what it is you are looking for — and why it is important.
  • Use the Beekeeper’s Calendar to help you identify what activities you should be doing at a certain time of year, regardless of where you live.
Beekeeper, international lecturer, and author of Beekeeping for Dummies, Howland Blackiston will take you into the world of bees and beekeeping. Howland has over thirty years of experience in all facets of beekeeping including crafting mead and making candles from beeswax. Howland is a past president of the Backyard Beekeepers Association a local association with meetings in Weston.  Howland Blackiston's various books, papers, and publications have been translated into 16 languages. 

These sessions are in partnership with Wilton Continuing Education.  Registration required. Click here to register.
Registration will direct you to the Wilton Continuing Ed website, where you will create an account to register.  For more information, contact

Event Type(s): Library Program
Age Group(s): Adults