by Roosevelt Roberson
In 1888, 130 years ago, Florence and Zachariah Weaver were gifted 10 hives of honeybees as a wedding present from Florence’s brothers. What began as a hobby for the newlyweds quickly turned into a passion for the generations that followed. Based in Lynn Grove, a small community south of Navasota, BeeWeaver is owned by 4th generation beekeeper Dan Weaver and his wife, Laura. Their honey farm is open to the public 7 days a week. Annual festivals, weekly hive tours and daily tastings at the honey bar make BeeWeaver a destination for beekeepers, the bee curious, and honey lovers!
In 1966 Roosevelt needed a job. Weaver Apiaries needed a beekeeper. A sweet match was made! Roy Weaver, Sr (Dan Weaver’s grandfather) hired Roosevelt after confirming that he would be willing to stick his hand in a beehive. When asked, Roosevelt said, “Well, if other men are doing that then I bet I can, and I’m willing to try.” Before long Roosevelt was one of Weaver’s queen bee productions experts.
For many years, Roosevelt worked as Binford Weaver’s right hand man, managing honey bee colonies in the Brazos Valley, along the Gulf Coast, in Southwest Texas, the Panhandle, and North Dakota. He was the first beekeeper anywhere to develop the technique of one man running two shaker boxes simultaneously. This revolutionized package bee productions, essentially doubling productivity once the intricacies were mastered. Assuming, of course, the beekeeper was up to the athletic challenge that this technique demanded. Roosevelt knocked it out of the park! By the time Dan was a young beekeeper he knew that if his Dad (Binford) was not around to ask a question of, he should turn to Roosevelt.
Roosevelt has over 50 years of commercial beekeeping experience. A lifetime of working beehives has given him memories and skills few in the world can rival. Combine his charismatic personality, sense of humor, and story telling and you have the King Bee.
Weekly, when weather allows, Roosevelt takes BeeWeaver’s guests on hive tours. During Bee Expert Socials he can help beekeepers, ‘wannabee’ beekeepers, or just the bee curious with their questions and ideas. Roosevelt hosts school children, senior groups, families, birthday friends, and more in the bee yard. His comfortable demeanor and easy going smile will make anyone feel at ease with the bees.
BeeWeaver is proud of our employees and the work they do. Each member of the BeeWeaver Hive helps keep the Buzz going. King Bee Roosevelt is a key player in BeeWeaver’s past, present, and future!
Earth Kind & Low Maintenance Roses
by Gaye Hammond
Gaye is the Past President of the Houston Rose Society. She is a life member and patron of American Rose Society and serves on the Marketing Committee of the national organization. Gaye is also the study liaison between the Houston Rose Society and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in connection with Earth-Kind® Rose Research – the largest environmental rose research study done in the U.S.
Gaye is an entertaining speaker and an avid writer of more than 300 articles that have been published in local, state, national and international magazines and newspapers. She has co-authored a peer-reviewed journal article on Earth-Kind Roses published in
2009 in Floriculture & Ornamental Biotechnology, a chapter in The Sustainable Rose Garden and authored a chapter in the book, Gulf Coast Gardening. Her photography has appeared on the cover of HortScience (December 2010) and she was awarded the cover story for the September 2011 issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine.