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What I learned from bees

Liz Hood knows how to pet a bumblebee and get a butterfly to land on your finger. She handles bugs in her job as an outdoor educator at the Toronto Botanical Garden. And it was her idea to set up beehives and bee hotels at the Garden, even though she had no idea how to do it.

'What I learned from bees'

7 years ago
Duration 3:07
Liz Hood, director of education and head beekeeper at the Toronto Botanical Garden, on what bees have taught her.

A lot of people cringe around bugs. But not Liz Hood. 

She loves bugs, and knows their secrets -- like how to pet a bumblebee and how to get a butterfly to land on your finger. She regularly handles bugs in her job as an outdoor educator at the Toronto Botanical Garden. And it was her idea to set up beehives and bee hotels at the Garden, even though she had no idea how to do it.

In the five years since she first had the idea, Liz is now a seasoned beekeeper, surviving numerous bites, making honey and saving her hive by handling her first swarm like a pro. She set up beehives and bee hotels as part of the Education Program at the Toronto Botanical Garden to teach children and adults more about urban beekeeping and provide hands-on experience.

Bees can pick up on your mood, so one of the key things that Liz has learned is to relax when she's around them. This habit has become a skill that she takes with her into her daily life. In this video she tells us about some of the key things she's learned from chilling with the bees.

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