I teach bees and beekeeping at the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens in Tampa, Florida. Workshops are every third Saturday except March and April. In March there are two classes to build hives. In April there are two days to populate the hives built in March. I was introduced to bees in 1969 with the Beekeeping merit badge. My grandfather bought my first hive in exchange for a lifetime supply of comb honey. He lived a long time on comb honey. In about 3 years I had 25 hives from splits and swarms. At 13 I had a contract to supply Hungry Bear restaurants in Orlando with about 5 gallons a week. The waitresses would fill and refill squeeze bears that I provided empty by the thousand. I left everything to my Dad in 2000 when I decided to be forged into a Marine. I returned to Florida about 25 years later. There was a bee tree in the back yard of the house I rented. I convinced the owner to give it a try for a few days. I left that hive to him when I moved. I am in the Florida Master Beekeeper Program and one of the credits is for maintaining a hive in a public garden. USF Botanical Gardens was looking for a hive. A couple weeks after I caught a swarm on campus was the Spring Plant Festival. They asked me to talk about bees for the festival. By days end, we had our first course scheduled. That was three years ago. The bee workshops have grown and so has the capable staff of beekeeper mentor/instructors. There are 24 teaching hives including one Kenyan Top Bar taken from a birdhouse in class. This year alone we have made 98 hives for new beekeepers. AmericasBeekeeper comes from the 32 countries in the Americas, many I travel to every year. I am trying to post in English and Spanish for that reason.