May Meeting & Heads up About June Meeting

Monday, May 14th: Bill Shanabruch of Reedy Creek Environmental will be coming to talk with us about:

  • Native plants to our area
  • Best plants for bees, other pollinators
  • Organic care/Best practice, a little about riparian planting for erosion control and improved water quality
  • Places to buy the plants.

Club social starts at 6pm
Meeting starts at 6:45-7:30pm

Heads Up about June’s meeting:

Monday, June 11th – SPECIAL SPEAKER & PLACE
Dr. Dewey Carson, Powhatan Village Building Auditorium
3910 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA
Not yet sure of time – will send out a reminder in early June

It’s open to the public, but there will be a $5 charge for those who are not already a member of either Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers or Huguenot Backyard Beekeepers (the joint sponsors of this event.)

Dr. Dewey M. Caron

Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware

Affiliate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University


  • 40+ years teaching, apiculture research and extension service

  • Cornell (1967-70)

  • University of Maryland, College Park (1970-1981)

  • University of Delaware (1981-2009).

In Bolivia, he keeps Africanized bees and teaches beekeeping in Spanish. [En Bolivia, mantiene abejas africanizadas y enseña apicultura en español.] In Oregon, he keeps 5 backyard colonies of European bees. He teaches Bee Short Courses and gives lectures to various bee clubs and state organizations. Over the last 50 years, he has served in numerous leadership roles in the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) and is currently the Advisor for EAS Master Beekeeper program.

April 9th Club Meeting

Hi Folks – this is a friendly reminder that our next meeting is Monday, April 9th:

6:00pm Club Social
6:45pm Club Meeting


  • We will be talking about the Honey Bee Festival on June 23rd and how everyone can help.
  • "Masters of the swarm and split: tales, wisdom, and close encounters during swarm season". This is an informal discussion panel of experienced members of the club. Members are encouraged to come with questions and, perhaps, a story of their own to share.

Club Meeting March 12

Hi Everyone – I can’t believe it’s almost time for the March Club Meeting on Monday, March 12th at the Nature Center. Our Guest Speaker will be Virginia State Master Beekeeper John Davis. He will be teaching everyone about how to investigate a dead hive and figure out what went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again. It’s not always what you thought.

We will also be talking about what we should be doing with our hives in March. Honey Bee Festival announcements will also be on the agenda.

Our club social will start at 6:00pm with the meeting starting at 6:45pm. Hope to see you all there …


Spikenard Farms – March lecture & workshop

Dear Rockwood beekeepers,

I wanted to pass on some information about a beekeeping lecture and workshop that we are sponsoring in March at the Richmond Waldorf School.  They are being led by Gunther Hauk who founded Spikenard, the honeybee sanctuary in Floyd, Va.
I appreciate all your group is doing to help honeybees and hope Gunther’s approach to beekeeping will be of interest to some of your members.
Please feel free to let me know if I can answer any questions about the workshop for you.
Many thanks,
Jenny Dilworth0001