Meet the people who are part of Pollination Garden.
Mel Adams, Guardian of the Garden
Mel is a self taught seasonal photographer and gardener. Over the years she has quietly learnt what her bees need in the garden to thrive and now shares her experiences via her social media where she posts daily shots of what is happening in her garden.
Mel is also a beekeeper with a Level 2 Apiculture certificate and over 10 years experience.
Damian Beresford, Keeper of the Bees
Damian has been keeping bees for over 10 years. He holds certificates in Level 2 and Level 3 Apiculture as well as working as an assistant tutor for the Otago Polytechnic Apiculture course. Damian also breeds his own queen bees.
Damian manages around 20 hives across the Taieri plains and North East Valley, Dunedin.
Our Garden is on a sloping section in North East Valley, Dunedin, New Zealand. It's parallel with Baldwin street, one of the steepest streets in the world, so it will give you an indication of the slope, and also the contrast between the soil type at the top of the section (dry) and the bottom (damp).
The section is 900 sq. metres, so a reasonable size, enabling us to grow a variety of bee friendly plants.
The bees that make up our hives are mostly Italian, partly Carniolan, partly British bee. We have a mix of lines which are either come from external mated queens or lines that we have admired traits of and chosen to breed from.
We aim to have friendly, productive bees, and our main goal is to ensure the health and wellbeing of bees rather than honey production.