15-21st August, 2016:
“Explore like a Bee”, guided garden tours by artist Charli Clark,
every day 12-16 at Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden
Charli sees honey not just as a food bank, but as one of the ways that bees share information and create knowledge concerning their local environment. Through the act of creating honey, the summer bees leave behind a record for the bees born later on, creating a library containing vital pieces of the bee colony’s societal history.
Departing from the analysis of honey from beehives in Kaisaniemi Botanical Garden from July and August 2015, Charli has created foraging maps (for the maps, see also below!) and a discovery station in Kaisaniemi, offering to guide visitors along the paths that hosts the flowers the bees had foraged the previous year. The exploratory event will happen daily during 15-21th August in Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden starting at 12.30 and there will be time before and after to explore the garden for yourselves using the maps provided, ask questions and learn about the different honey samples and the pollens they contain. The group will gather in front of Café Viola, by the glass hut, the project hub. No registration is necessary.
15-21st August – 12-16,
Tours starting at 12.30 daily (Tours should last between 30-45 minutes and start at the glass hut near Café Viola)
Monday 15th – Explore like a bee ‘July’: A tour of the garden as the Hexa-Hive honeybees would have explored it during July 2015
Tuesday 16th – Explore like a bee ‘August’: A tour of the garden as the Hexa Hive honeybees would have explored it during August 2015
Wednesday 17th – Explore like a solitary bee: A tour exploring the garden as a native pollinating bee.
Thursday 18th – Exploring honeydew: A tour of the different trees that bees collect honeydew and the positive and negative effects of honeydew for honeybees.
Friday 19th – Exploring honey’s hidden contributors: A tour of plants that offer different food sources and the possible nectar contributors to the Kaisaniemi honey.
Saturday 20th – Explore like a bee ‘July’: A tour of the garden as the Hexa-Hive honeybees would have explored it during July 2015 (repeat)
Sunday 21st – Explore like a bee ‘August’: A tour of the garden as the Hexa Hive honeybees would have explored it during August 2015 (repeat)
The maps that Charli is using for her tours can be also found here, if you want to explore on your own!
For printing, find here a download of both maps: