Newsletter, Calendar & What's New



Here's links to the latest PPBA Newsletters - Honey Guides!


January 2017 Honey Guides
2017-01 PPBA Newsletter.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.8 MB]
October 2016 Honey Guides
2016-10 PPBA Newsletter.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.9 MB]



Wyoming Bee College Conference!


Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19, 2017.


Wyoming Bee College Conference, March 18-19, 2017 is open to everyone and every level of beekeeping; from the curious about bees, beekeeper want-a-bee, experienced beekeeper or people who are concerned about our pollinators and want to learn and help them through conservation and building habitat.


Registration is via: cost is $75 and includes two lunches and dinner. “Bee Buddies”, kids 8-15 are free with a paying adult.


The 2017 conference is bigger with five (5) tracks on day one and four (4) tracks on the second day.  We are pleased to bring in beekeeping authors James E Tew and Les Crowder along with the Denver Butterfly Pavilion and University of Wyoming’s Bio-Diversity Institute.


For more information go to or email Catherine at










April 20th, 2017: PPBA General Membership Meeting


June 2107: Bee Yard visit; place/time TBA


June 2017:  Colorado State Beekeepers Summer Meeting; place/time TBA


July 2017:  Colorado Professional Beekeeping Association:  place/time TBA

July 20th, 2017:   PPBA General Membership Meeting

July 22-29, 2017:   El Paso County Fair

August 2017:  Bee Yard Visit; place/time TBA

October 19th, 2017:  PPBA General Membership Meeting





Bee Packages:  Be sure you know where your bees will be coming from. Some bee suppliers get their bees from southern states - and we want to avoid importing Africanized bees into Colorado.


Here's a list of bee friendly plants and shrubs! (from Kim G)

Suggested Plants for Honey Bees
Trees & Shrubs

Maple (Acer), Elm (American and Siberian), Linden (Tilia americanum), Fruit trees (Apple, Crab apple, Cherry, Plum, Peach, Apricot) Sumac (Rhus), Willows (Salix), Red Bud (Cercis Canadensis), Blackberry (Rubus), Raspberry (Rubus) Serviceberry (Amelanchier), Current (Ribes), Rabbit brush (Chrysothamnus), Snowberry (Symphoricarpos), Cotoneaster sp., Spirea x bumalda, Lilac (Syringa), ‘Blue Mist Spirea’ (Caryopteris), Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii), Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), Rose, Elderberry (Sambucus), Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium), Buffalo berry (Shepherdia argentia), Woodbine vine/Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Flowers & Herbs
Yellow Sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis), White Sweet clover (Melilotus albus), Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), Asters (Asteracea), Catmint (Nepeta), Sage (Salvia), Poppy (Papaver orientale), Allium sp., Lamb’s Ear (Stachys byzantine), Foxtail Lily (Eremurus), Globe thistle (Echinops), Sedum sp., Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), Lavender, Agastache sp., Rocky Mountain bee plant (Cleome serrulata), Gaillardia aristata, Veronica spicata, Goldenrod (Solidago), Lawn clover (Trifolium hybridum), Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) (single varieties), Penstemon eatonii, Bee balm (Monarda), Milkvetch (Astragalus), Milkweed (Asclepias), Calendula (Calendula) (single varieties), Coneflower (Echinacea), Daisies (Chrysanthemum or Dendranthema), Scabiosa, Gay feather (Liatris), Sunflowers (Helianthus), Vervain (Verbena bonariensis), Wild buckwheat (Eriogonum), Globe mallow (Sphaeralcea), Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Borage (Borago officinalis), Mints (Mentha), Winter Savory (Satureja Montana), Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Oregano (Origanum), Marjoram (Origanum), Thyme (Thymus), Rosemary


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