Stewarts buyer manager and honey production manager Zoe Crumpler says that the hives, which are sited in fenced off area of wasteland near the car park, will remain until September so that the colonies can take advantage of the yield from heather.
"The hives will produce around 160 jars per hive during the year. The bees will fly to forage between 3-4 miles to collect the pollen so we are helping to pollenate the plants we sell to gardeners in the region."
Next year the recently Stewarts-acquired Abbey Garden Centre at Titchfield will also adopt hives.
Meanwhile, Robert Meaney is new catering manager at Stewarts Abbey Garden Centre. He was most recently at Marwell Wildlife Park.