9. The United Nations Makes its Own Honey
Inside the United Nations Sculpture Garden are three beekeeping boxes donated by Slovenia, painted in the United Nations blue. One is painted with Slovenian folk art. The bees, which are from swarms of Apis mellifiera linguistica (Italian honeybees) rescued from Queens, Brooklyn, and Connecticut, lay around 2,000 eggs per day. Here at the United Nations, they help pollinate the gorgeous Rose Garden and produce over 250 pounds of honey a year.
Former President of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson, who welcomed the initial three beehives said the intention was to expand the colony to 200,000 bees. The bees are cared for by Bees Without Borders.