Yesterday's guesses about the Big Green Box at the Tucson Botanical Gardens were correct - YES, the box serves as a hive, of sorts. But its real purpose is to "trap" the bees and relocate them to a friendly environment at Sun Apiaries, a honey bee farm.
I'm a transplanted New Yorker who loves the Tucson climate. On New Year's Day I have a bit of fun calling my (snowbound) east coast friends to announce that I'm drinking coffee while sitting on my patio. (: