Welcome to the website for House of Bees!
I’m Darren, a beekeeper and gardener, and I am committed to increasing habitat for honeybees and native bees, as well as sharing my knowledge about natural beekeeping.
For the past several years, I’ve sold seeds and alternative hives to the backyard beekeeping community in the Pacific Northwest. My site is now informational only. If you’d like to purchase flower seeds for bees, you can contact Ruhl Bee Supply in Gladstone, Oregon.
Now it is time for a sabbatical abroad. I’ve been an active member of the West Sound Beekeepers Association for a number of years. The board of directors of WSBA has appointed me as their Honeybee Ambassador to the World. My mission will be to connect with beekeepers and beekeeping associations around the world to share information and promote cultural exchange.
The details of the trip, including my current location are on the Sabbatical page on this site. You can follow my beekeeping travels on the Updates from the Road page, as well as on the House of Bees Facebook page, so be sure to follow along!
***Trip update as of May, 2015.*** My wife and I are back in Western Washington, and are going to build a solar house on the Key Peninsula. I hope to get a colony of bees established if I am lucky enough to capture a swarm.
New at House of Bees, the plans are now FREE!
You can now download the Warré-style hive plans and the mason bee observation house plans at no charge by clicking the links below!
Here’s a fun winter experiment I’ve tried in the past:
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