Student creates apiary garden at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

. September 20, 2018

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s 18-acre waterfront campus now boasts an apiary garden, located next to the historic Mitchell House on CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing, thanks to the hard work of St. Michaels student and Boy Scout, Brandon Foy.

Foy’s project includes the apiary garden, along with an oyster shell pathway, two benches, and a kiosk, as part of his Eagle Scout Project. His project was funded through private donations and support from several local businesses.

Foy’s garden is meant to attract local bees and to raise awareness about the declining bee population. To attract bees and other pollinators, he planted perennial flowers, like Nanho Blue butterfly bush, Belleza Dark Pink gaura, and Autumn Joy sedum. These flowers can attract a diversity of wildlife for CBMM guests to see around the garden.

“This project is important to me because the problem that it addresses is not brought up often enough,” Foy said. “If youth like me take the initiative and try to make this problem known, maybe others will start to listen. Without honey bees, the world we know today would be completely different.”

Foy is a senior at St. Michaels High School, with plans to study nuclear engineering or cyber operations at the United States Naval Academy. He currently holds several leadership positions, as the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Leadership Council Representative for Maryland, an intern for Congressman Andy Harris, and as a recent senior patrol leader of his Eagle Scout troop.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all.

Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner.

For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

The apiary garden located on the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Fogg’s Cove was created by local student Brandon Foy, to attract local bees and to raise awareness about the declining bee population.

Category: Natural History

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