Denver Brown Palace Hotel Houses First Bee Colony

admin July 28, 2010 0

The Brown Palace Hotel in Downtown Denver is the first hotel in Denver to house bees on its roof. A small colony of bees cared for by beekeeper, Matt Kentner of Ketner Farms is the start of the Brown Palace Bee Royalty Initiative. They are estimating that approximately one hundred pounds of honey will be produced per year.

Denver’s Brown Palace plans to collect this honey and use it for their Afternoon Tea, signature menu items and special spa treatments. The Brown Palace Bee Royalty Initiative is also to help aid in the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in which millions of bees worldwide are dying off mysteriously. The cause of death is unknown though many speculate that pesticides, mites or cell phones may be the culprits.

Honeybees are an important part in sustaining Colorado life for not only plants but humans and other animals too. The American Beekeeping Federation estimates that the value of the honey crops at stake is $15 billion. Bees are the only insects that produce food for humans and aids in the growth of many crops. Honey is the only food that includes all substances necessary to sustain life. And that includes water.

Some ways that locals in Denver can help out our precious honeybees are:

  • Limit the use of chemicals and pesticides
  • Plant a bee-friendly garden
  • Become a backyard bee keeper
  • Write the government for more funding for bee research

If you decide to plant a bee-friendly garden, keep in mind that bees aren’t attracted to all flowers. The list below features some plants that bees are more attracted to.

  • Bird’s Eye
  • Blue Mist
  • Bog Sage
  • Borage
  • California Buckwheat
  • California Gilia
  • California Poppy
  • Calliopsis
  • Cape Mallow
  • Catmint
  • Chinese Houses
  • Coast Buckwheat
  • Coreopsis
  • Cosmos
  • Coyote Mint
  • Crane’s Bill
  • Dusty Miller
  • Elegant Clarkia
  • Elegant Madia
  • Germander Sage
  • Germander
  • Globe Gilia
  • Gold Coin
  • Goldmarie
  • Gumplant
  • Gumweed
  • Hedgenettle
  • Horehound
  • Korean Hummingbird Mint
  • Lamb’s Ear
  • Lavender
  • Licorice Mint
  • Lindley Blazing Star
  • Mexican Sunflower
  • Midnight Penstemon
  • Monch
  • Phacelia Grandiflora
  • Pincushion Flower
  • Point Reye Horkelia
  • Rosemary
  • Russian Sage
  • Scented Geranium
  • Sea Holly
  • Slender Sunflower
  • San Miguel Island Buckwheat
  • Sunflower
  • Tansy Phacelia
  • Toadflax

Happy planting and bee friendly!

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