On the ‘Taste of Slovenia Tour’ this past May we visited the new Apiary Center at Lesce, which is near to Lake Bled.
The day before our visit there Slovenian beekeepers celebrated the 130th anniversary of the Radovljica Apiculture Society and honoring the Father of modern beekeeping, the Slovenian Anton Jansa (1734-1773).
Slovenia is well-known for the gentle gray Carnolian bee (apis melifera carnica) and the painted bee hive panels which feature religious scenes, and some witty caricatures, like the women transporting home their husbands in a wheelbarrow after an evening of merry-making.
There are over 9000 beekeepers in Slovenia in this small country of 2 million. Recently many beekeeping clubs have formed for children who enjoy participating in bee activities. Many beekeepers have designed educational centers which are aimed at preserving the traditions and modern work of bees and these centers can be visited and enjoyed by all.
The favorite part of our visit at Lesce was a stop in the new apiary shop where an overwhelming amount of quality bee-related products were available.