John Chong is a jovial man and one who loves his bees. Out of pure passion, he decided to open BEE aMAZEd Garden, a bee education centre at Kampung Kampus, located in Yishun. I have since visited twice, and I really like his humble facility, which has a garden for bees, bee observation gallery, educational aids and an area for classes and workshops. For those keen on bees in Singapore, this is the place for you! My first visit was with my friend GK, and more recently, Waj (pictured above), a beekeeping enthusiast who recently relocated from London with his family.
BEE aMAZEd Gardens offers several education programmes including garden tours, bee education classes, and even basic beekeeping, see here for the list. In addition, the education centre also provides organisations a CSR opportunity to adopt a hive. So far, John has hosted school visits to his centre, and welcomes group bookings.
Upon entering the premises, you will first notice the flower garden which features bee-friendly plants, and then an observation gallery where you can get reasonably close to bee hives without the risk of being stung, followed by a talk/workshop space with educational aids.
John mainly uses hives based on the Kenyan top bar hive design, he had them specially made to suit our local Asian honeybee, Apis cerana. Recently he had a couple of Apis dorsata colonies but one was stolen by a monkey(?!) and the other flew into a mangosteen tree. Aside from being a wonderful educator, John has great anecdotes and is an entertaining storyteller.
While I was there I got to taste some of John’s honey label – My Honey, indeed it was very tasty. He also offers a honey tasting class so if you love honey, you should certainly check it out.
BEE aMAZEd Garden is located at 91 Lorong Chencharu, if you would like to visit, drop John a message at their website or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great place to observe bees in Singapore!