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AFTERNOON SERVICE PROJECT: Mt Airy Mansion Apiary and Pollination Project
DATE: Sat, September 17
TIME: Service Project 2-4pm, “Bee Happy” Hour 4-5pm
LOCATION: Rosaryville State Park, Upper Marlboro, MD
PURPOSE OF PROJECT: The purpose of the project is to support the western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) and the many hundreds of local native bees species and other pollinators of Prince George’s County meadows, particularly targeting production in the low resource months.
Permission for this project has been granted by the Rosaryville Conservancy, Inc., the managers of the park.
Purpose: The purpose of the project is to support the western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) and the many hundreds of local native bees species and other pollinators of Prince George’s County meadows, particularly targeting production in the low resource months.
Location, Rationale and Oversight: Mt. Airy Mansion and Greenhouse, 9640 Rosaryville Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. The project has three sites in close proximity to each other with a combined area of approximately one acre (see Map). Chesapeake Natives, Inc. and a local Rosaryville bee keeper have negotiated to have three colonies of bees adjacent to each of the three sites. The three sites will provide proximal nectar and pollen resources for the hives. There are currently no other hives in Rosaryville State Park, and currently few honey bees harvesting the meadows and forests of the park. Permission for this project has been granted by the Rosaryville Conservancy, Inc., the managers of the park.
The goal for the YP volunteers will be to plant in the two meadows 5000 plugs and quarts, and 20 raised beds on a derelict asphalt surface tennis court, carrying 2000-12,000 plants. The meadow plantings will require boring holes through landscape fabric that will have been laid over two areas approximately ¾ of an acre in total (sites 1 & 2). This activity is estimated to take 500 person hours.
The raised beds will require the moving of concrete bricks from palates to the tennis court to form the framework for the raised beds. This activity is estimated to take 25 person hours.
These raised beds will then be filled with quart and gallon pots of flowering plants. This activity is estimated to take 25 person hours.
Site Designs: The three sites will provide nectar and pollen for spring, summer and fall, but they will be particularly designed as flowering landscapes for July through September. These times are especially important for bees as they are the low seasons for nectar and pollen availability. The sites will also provide ecological services for the hundreds of native bees and other pollinators that are declining through loss of meadow habitat in the region.
Sustainability and Management: The site will be planted with perennial plants that need little or no maintenance. The meadow sites will be supplemented with additional plantings from Chesapeake Natives stock to fill in the gaps as the landscape fabric deteriorated over time. The raised beds will be continually replenished by CNI volunteers with flowering plants throughout the year. The honey bees will be managed by the local bee keeper, who will continually monitor the condition of the hives, capture any bee swarms to create new colonies, and harvest honey.
Be sure to stay after for our “Be Happy” hour to finish up a wonderful service day networking and solidifying the contacts you’ve made for YOUR future success!