Buzz over to the Pollinator Party, a celebration of the life and work of honey and native bees, Thursday, July 19 from 5Ė8 p.m. at the Lyndale Park Gardens.
Bees play a keystone role in the productivity of American agriculture through the pollination of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. This event brings together bees, scientists, beekeepers, food, music, and more, and provides an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate the life and work of honey bees and native bees.
The free event is set at Lyndale Park Gardens just beyond the Peace Garden on the east side of Lake Harriet. Food and beverages will be available for purchase courtesy of Bryant Lake Bowl.
- Learn about honey bees and urban beekeeping
- Discover the life cycles of honey bees and wild bees, pollination and more
- Observe live honey bees
- Learn about the importance of native plants for bees from the Wild Ones
- Sample Minnesota honey
- Enjoy hands-on educational games
- Mother Earth Gardens will be on hand with native plants and information about making your own backyard bee-hospitable
- Buy ice cream made with honey
- Discover the wild bees of the park, including the rare rusty-patched bumble bee
- Engage in Art in the Park with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
- Meet Danielle Dale, the 2012 American Honey Princess
- Listen to live music including: Bethany Larson and the Bees Knees, The Brass Messengers, Lovers on the Balcony, and Bee Minus
- Dance by Body Troupe
Picnic in the Park!
- Bryant Lake Bowl will be on site selling food and beverages
- The Pollinator Party is sponsored by Whole Foods.
Event partners include the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, University of Minnesota Bee Lab, the Bell Museum, and Community Bees on Bikes.