Behind The Scenes of a Bee Episode

SeattleBee1L  A few months back, we filmed a bee episode for Growing a Greener World. I got to spend the day with an incredible bee keeper, Corky Luster of the Ballard Bee Company. I learned a lot from him during the filming. It made me even more determined to have my own bees one day.

Corky rents out his hives! He will place a hive in your backyard, maintain it for you and you get all the pollination from the bees and a jar of honey at the end of the season (made from your own backyard plants). How cool is that??

As part of the episode story, we followed Corky as he visited some of his hives. The first stop? My very good friend Robin Haglund’s garden. She is a popular garden coach and owner of Garden Mentors. She helps gardeners create and maintain their dream landscapes. She is so talented.


Here she is with Joe Lamp’l (The host and producer of GGW) She wanted a little extra help in the pollination department for her own backyard, so she had Corky install a few hives.


Wow. Those bees really were working hard.


And check out Robin’s cool greenhouse!

Here we are in Robin’s backyard filming Corky and Joe tasting the honey. YUM!


And during the shoot I got to see the rooftop garden at Bastille Restaurant in Seattle.


It’s made of raised beds with shade-cloth lids and the restaurant can grow vegetables there winter or summer!


It is a great operation and will be featured on the bee episode because Corky placed bee hives up there to help with pollination. The restaurant is then going to cook with the honey from their own hives.

Rooftop3 The raised-bed garden was designed by Colin McCrate of Seattle Urban Farm Company.

(Photo: Left to right – Director Carl Pennington, Joe Lamp’l and Colin McCrate.)

McCrate, who has tons of farming experience, noticed that people wanted to have a garden in urban areas but didn’t necessarily want to tend it themselves.  So he stepped into the breach and became a garden designer who will come to your house, design a garden, and then maintain it throughout the year so you can have delicious food without hassle.  He can even start you up with a chicken house!  Costs can very depending on the size of the garden and the amount of upkeep, but at the end of it you’re eating from your own garden and your children are seeing where their food comes from, so it’s definitely worth it.

The bee episode already aired on Public Television, so we now have it up on our show website. Go HERE to watch the show in high definition.


After watching I bet you will want bees of your own too…

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About the Author

Theresa Loe is the Co-Executive TV Producer and the On-Air Canning/Homesteading Expert for the national PBS gardening TV series, Growing A Greener World. She is a lifetime canner and a graduate of the Master Food Preserver Program. She studied both sustainable horticulture and professional culinary arts and she is a wrangler of chickens and two teenage children. (Not necessarily in that order.)

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