Free Monthly Gardening Lectures

Please join us on the first Thursday of every month (except December) for our free lectures featuring topics of interest to gardeners and naturalists.

Lectures are held 7 – 8 PM at the Rust Library, Old Waterford Rd, Leesburg unless noted otherwise. The library is accessible from the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center parking lot.

November 7, Hitchhikers Guide to Bees

Dale Demmin, Lovettsville beekeeper, speaking on “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Bees.” Insect pollinators are essential to gardening success. But with so many threats to the survival of these essential insects, we often wonder what we, as home gardeners, can do to help. Reducing the use of pesticides is one way to help; and to many people, keeping a hive of bees seems like another. But what are the challenges of beekeeping?
Join us as local beekeeper Dale Demmin gives us an introduction to the life of the honey bee and the fascinating world of beekeeping. He will address the growing popularity of beekeeping and describe the commitment required to take on a hive. By explaining what it takes to become a successful beekeeper, he can help you decide whether this growing hobby may be right for you.
Dale Demmin runs the Loudoun Beekeeping Company from his farm in Purcellville.