Gardens abuzz with June classes

June is a beautiful time in Powell Gardens and yours. This month we introduce an instructor who shares his passion for gardens that buzz with blooms and bees.

Hal and the Missouri State Beekeepers Association Honey Queen share an observation hive at Powell Gardens.

Hal Reidler is a passionate advocate for and a teacher of the wonderful hobby of beekeeping. A certified master beekeeper with years of hands-on experience, Hal currently owns and operates his own honey bee business and teaches three levels of programs a year at Powell Gardens. His programs cover the gamut of seasonal tasks and challenges a beekeeper must master.

Along with a passion for bees, Hal has a passion for serving his country. With 35 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, he earned the rank of Colonel. He has visited 17 different countries, lived in 10 of them and has visited all 50 of our states.

Hal was raised in the coalfields of eastern Pennsylvania where he first learned how to keep honey bees. He later earned an undergraduate degree at Park University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from University of Tennessee. In his spare time, he tends his vegetable garden.
This month, Hal is teaching Honeybee Keeping 201. Participants can expect to learn how to install bees, use a smoker and treat common diseases of the hive. Registration is limited, so sign up today.

More Classes This Month:

There is still time to register for these June classes. As always, Friends of Powell Gardens members save up to 15 percent on class registrations. Be sure to log in to our website to get the discounted price when you register.

There’s still time to catch any of these June classes: