Dublin Beekeeper and plant enthusiast Mary Montaut will speak at the March meeting of Dromore Beekeepers’ Association at Dromore High School in Dromore at 7.30pm on Tuesday March 18 on ‘Planting For Bees’.
Mary is the Newsletter Editor of County Dublin Beekeeping Association and also Secretary of Kilternan Beekeeping Association. She regards herself as a perpetual beginner with bees and something the same with gardening, but she has a passion for plants which goes back as long as she can remember.
Her family lived in Australia when she was in her teens, and the strangeness of the bush and the insect life there made two indelible impressions on her. She wanted to know the names of all the plants and to avoid being stung by the insects. Her delight at finding the two things combined in beekeeping remains vivid. It gives her the perfect excuse for finding out the names and habits of lots of plants because they are good for bees. At the same time the environmental importance of all sorts of bees and other pollinators gives more than sufficient reason to investigate these extraordinary creatures.