Slovenia: Where Beekeeping Meets Art and Design
Beehives are popping up in a variety of different places, ranging from backyards to city rooftops and even airports! While these new trends are crucial in protecting our pollinators, the coolest beekeeping practices are arguably some of the oldest.
With honey as a staple in the local economy, Slovenia is the worldwide hub for beekeeping- with an astounding 4 out of every 1000 residents being beekeepers! It is clear that beekeeping is natural for Slovenians, which is partly due to the Carnelian honeybee. This species is native to the country and Slovenia became the only EU country to protect their native honeybee out of their deep-rooted love and dependence on these bees. You can even taste the love in their trademarked honey, which is known for its sweetness and healing powers!
In addition to their amazing honey, part of Slovenia's greatness can be attributed to their innovative (and artistic) beehives! The Slovenian beehive is known for its great use of color and design, which little people know is for MORE than just decoration. In order to tend to several colonies within a single hive, it is common for the beekeepers to paint the separate sections with colorful Slovenian folk art to keep track of the separate colonies- a prime example of how function and style combine! In fact, much of the country's artistic history is rooted in these painted panels- a tradition that is both beautiful and crucial for conserving resources.
So if you are thinking of joining the backyard beekeeping trend, consider getting a Slovenian hive to increase efficiency, reduce waste, and add some color to your backyard!
Photo courtesy of Slovenia Traveling