Queen of the Realm Contest!


We are busy as bees growing our apiary to eight this year, and to celebrate our hard working ladies - and Canada Day - we are running a contest!

Our contest is now closed, and the results are in. Thank you to everyone who participated. We had many amazing entries from ancient greek and roman mythology to historical beekeepers and modern fandom. Here are the results of our contest (hive name / queen name - influence):

  • Rivendell / Lady of Lothlórien - LOTR
  • Winter fell / Lady Stark - Game of Thrones
  • Cottage Bees / Melissa - Our first hive, greek mythology
  • BeeJewelled / Ruby - Game / pun
  • Hyrule / Zelda - Game
  • The Swarm / Kerrigan - Game
  • The House of Single Ladies / Bee-yonce
  • The Crystal Palace / Lady Bee-P - Girl Guides

Congratulations to those who submitted, we will contact via social media or email and send you your prize! Thank you once again!



Our pre-existing hives are: Cottage Bees, BeeJewelled, Winterfell and Rivendell, all happily situated along the Niagara Escarpment near Rock Chapel Ontario. We have four other hives who need names, and titles for their queens. That means 8 opportunities to win!

How to Enter
There are four hives that need names, and 8 queens which require titles. You can enter as many times as you wish using social media:

Facebook - Like our page, then write a post on our Facebook page with the words 'Queen of the Realm Contest' and 'Adopt-a-Bee' to tell us what the name of our hive should be, or the name of its queen. Bee creative!

Twitter - Follow us, then post to @CottBotanicals #adoptabee #queenoftherealmcontest the name of the hive, or the name of its queen. 

Instagram - Follow us, then get creative and post a pic to @CottageBotanicals #adoptabee #queenoftherealmcontest the name of the hive and/or the name of its queen.


The Rewards
If your hive name and/or queen is chosen you will receive an official Adopt-a-Queen certificate and a full sized tea tin of our Honey Bee tisane. You'll earn bragging rights as the name of the hive / queen will be hand-painted and emblazoned on the exterior of the hive - we'll even post this to social media for everyone to see! You will also receive a set of 5 bee thank you cards, and wildflower seeds for you to create a bee habitat in your garden (don't worry we'll be sure to keep these native).

Nitty Gritty Terms
Contest closes June 30th, 2016 at 23:59:59 - our birthday. Any entries after this time will not be included. On July 1st - Canada Day - we'll tabulate the results, play a cut-throat round of Settlers of Catan to whom the winner will choose the first hive name. This will continue until all hives and queens are named. We will then announce the winners on social media and the names of the hives / queens on July 2nd, 2016. Once announced we will reach out to you for your mailing address to send you your winnings, and post a photo on social media with the emblazoned hive. Contest is open to everyone, everywhere but please take notice that shipping internationally (outside North America) may incur additional shipping charges and delay times. We will communicate with you prior to shipment.