The Botanical Garden apiary was created in 2010, thanks to a project devised by Lorenzo Domenis and Marco Cucco, on the basis of innovative international experiences which, in some of the largest metropolis in the world (New York, Toronto, London, Paris and Melbourne) have found favorable spaces for the keeping of bees on roofs, balconies, parks and gardens. Apart from taking advantage of the nectar-producing potentiality of the capital city of Piedmont, the apiary installation is today an agro-zootechnical didactic pole that is able to offer a practical demonstration, in the heart of the city, to the pupils of the local schools and to visiting tourists, of the traditional techniques utilized in beekeeping.
The bee families, which are housed in the Tree Grove area, produce multi-floral honey. This honey has a different aroma from spring to summer, which mirrors the floral and botanic variety of the urban environment: from the nectar of horse-chestnut, foraged at the end of April, followed by those of acacia and of ailanthus in May, of the linden tree and chestnut in June and July, with the honeydew in August, on which the bees concentrate, and the sap from the trees, thus concluding the productive season. Thus the swarms of bees, after their great efforts, can finally store their precious provisions for the long winter ahead of them at the foot of the Alps.
The beekeepers at the Botanical Gardens are waiting to meet you in the afternoon of each second Sunday of the month in order to let you taste the honey produced in the city beehives and to take part in the guided tours of the plant collections and open green spaces, where it is possible to spy on the bees during their activities.