Anthony PLanakis (Tony Bees)
Retired NYPD Detective, Beekeeper
and Swarm Catcher
For two decades Detective Anthony Planakis was the NYPD’s “official” guy for all things bee-related in New York City. By 2004, he’d collected enough city swarms that he was known among his fellow officers as “Tony Bees.” There is not a place he hasn’t recovered a swarm from and after so many years of incredible public service he decided to retire from the force in 2014. As a lifelong beekeeper, Anthony started keeping bees in the early 70’s and has traced his family’s Greek heritage of beekeeping back to ancient times. Despite being stung countless times while in the line of duty his love and respect for bees has only grown deeper. For him, bees have become a way of life, an extended family and an endless source of inspiration.
Beekeeper, Gardener and Founder of
Kelley has been cultivating medicinal herbs, native plants, and endangered species for more than two decades in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Her organic farm, Honeybee Herbs, focuses on plants that provide food for honeybees, as well as plants that are endangered species. She sells the herbal and honeybee produce from her farm and gardens at local farmer’s markets and festivals in the North East area. Kelley has provided years of volunteer work teaching gardening for local school systems and community organizations as well as developing countless garden installations. Most important to Kelley is her connection with her honeybees, their conservation drives both the content of her gardens and indeed her very existence.