In celebration of National Pollinator Week, which takes place June 20-26, 2016, enjoy these activities at Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden:
Messner Family Farm Pop-Up Shop
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 22
Erik and Rachael Messner, owners of Messner Family Farm in Kansas City, Mo., are coming to Powell Gardens to share their beekeeping knowledge and sell a variety of beeswax products, including lip balms and solid perfumes, tasty local honey, and even wildflower seed packets so you can help the bees, too! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the importance of bees and pick up some of the fun products that they help create. Included with Garden admission.
Meet a Beekeeper
Noon-3 p.m. Friday, June 24
Drop by any time from noon-3 p.m. to meet beekeeper Bobbi Walker, owner of PlayHaven Farm. She'll talk with visitors about the importance of bees and answer questions about her own beekeeping practices on the farm.
9-11 a.m. (or while supplies last) Saturday, June 25
On Saturday, June 25, be one of the first 50 guests to stop at the gatehouse and receive a free monarda plant. Bees and other pollinators love it! Included with Garden admission.
StoneLion Puppet Theatre Presents Backyard Buggin'
10-10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25
Celebrate the importance of pollinators with Felicia Flash, a wildlife photographer, and her sidekick Karma the elephant from StoneLion Puppet Theatre! They have just returned from a globetrotting journey and are ready to relax in their own backyard. A peaceful nap under the shade trees takes Felicia into an amazing ecosystem under her lawn chair. We're talking bugs—big bugs! Join us to find out what Felicia discovers and learn how to help the beneficial bugs your own backyard.
Backyard Buggin' takes place in the visitor center from 10-10:30 a.m. and is included with Garden admission of $10/adults, $9/seniors 60+, $4/kids 5-12, free/members and kids 4 and younger.
About Powell Gardens, Kansas City's Botanical Garden
Powell Gardens is a not-for-profit botanical garden that sits on 970 acres of lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows. Known for its contemporary architecture, Powell Gardens encompasses stunning display gardens with exhibits, classes, performances and festivals for all ages offered year-round. Its Heartland Harvest Garden is the nation's largest edible landscape, demonstrating 2,000-plus food plants.