How We Got Started
Established in 2014, Planting Hope Apiary began as part of the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Veteran Beekeeper program. Planting Hope & Douglas Bee Apiaries are both owned and operated by local beekeeper, Duane Douglas.
Douglas Bee Apiary & Planting Hope Apiary have grown to a business that produces honey, utilizes apiary beeswax for candles, and produces both nucleus colonies, as well as, local queens for sale. We have also teamed up with the folks at The Boston Honey Company (BHC) to facilitate a large number of nucs and provide mated queen bees.
We also offer bee removal services for the Wilmington and New Castle County areas.
At Douglas Bee Apiary we are committed to keeping bees in their natural habitat in a local and sustainable way. We also use the Apiary to teach new beekeepers and to give a home to bees that have been removed from houses or trees.
Our Products & Services
Honey & Wax
Our apiaries produce over 2000 pounds of honey each year. We sell both regular honey and comb honey, as well as beeswax. Honey is usually pulled from July to September (sometimes in the spring).
Bee Removal Services
Honey bees often make their home in a place that may not be convenient for us humans. Hollow trees, attics, chimneys and underneath the siding of a home. Let us help with your bee removal.