Have you guys considered having an apiary. It would be an interesting addition to any large garden.
It is unclear at the moment what will become of the planned site for the Heritage Garden, but we have collected a hive barrel from the old Hull House garden on Taylor and Halsted. At the moment we are not using the hive, but perhaps with a larger space we will have the room for an apiary (bee yard). I would love to see it happen (so would the plants), and hopefully other UIC students wouldn't mind a few extra bees on campus :)
Our daily interaction with the plants and nature!