Photos from Bee-Day

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    • BBG gets a 100th birthday kiss from twin bees! Photo by Rebecca Bullene.BBG gets a 100th birthday kiss from twin bees! Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Queen bee of soul, Maxine Brown, performs on the Esplanade in honor of BBG's 100th birthday. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Queen bee of soul, Maxine Brown, performs on the Esplanade in honor of BBG's 100th birthday. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • The Sweet Divines sing some classics at Bee-Day. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.The Sweet Divines sing some classics at Bee-Day. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • A drone, queen, and worker bee buzz around Cranford Rose Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.A drone, queen, and worker bee buzz around Cranford Rose Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Sweet Joe of The Persuasions mingles and sings with the crowd at Bee-Day. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Sweet Joe of The Persuasions mingles and sings with the crowd at Bee-Day. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman meets a fan in the Fragrance Garden during Bee-Day. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman meets a fan in the Fragrance Garden during Bee-Day. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Sam Comfort of Anarchy Apiaries give a Beekeeping Boot Camp workshop at Bee-Day. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Sam Comfort of Anarchy Apiaries give a Beekeeping Boot Camp workshop at Bee-Day. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • BBG Senior Arborist Chris Roddick shows off a 100 year old bitter orange tree on a Bees and Trees tour. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.BBG Senior Arborist Chris Roddick shows off a 100 year old bitter orange tree on a Bees and Trees tour. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Mecca Bodega play enchanting music in the Cranford Rose Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Mecca Bodega play enchanting music in the Cranford Rose Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • BBG Director of Public Programs Anita Jacobs with The Persuasions. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.BBG Director of Public Programs Anita Jacobs with The Persuasions. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Using the Beehive Checklist young visitors study a hive. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Using the Beehive Checklist young visitors study a hive. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Bees in flight in the Fragrance Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Bees in flight in the Fragrance Garden. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Hive: An Architectural Cookie Installation made by Amelia Coulter of Sugarbuilt on display in the BBG Rotunda for Bee-Day. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Hive: An Architectural Cookie Installation made by Amelia Coulter of Sugarbuilt on display in the BBG Rotunda for Bee-Day. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Brooklyn's own kings of a cappella, The Persuasions. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Brooklyn's own kings of a cappella, The Persuasions. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • A young member of the NYC beekeeping Meetup Group shows off part of his hive. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.A young member of the NYC beekeeping Meetup Group shows off part of his hive. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • HoneybeeLives show off the the incredible geometry of a comb. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.HoneybeeLives show off the the incredible geometry of a comb. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Carmelo the Science Fellow decides to make a meal out of a mealworm to the delighted horror of his young audience at Bee-Day. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Carmelo the Science Fellow decides to make a meal out of a mealworm to the delighted horror of his young audience at Bee-Day. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • The bumblebee costume closet has been raided! Photo by Rebecca Bullene.The bumblebee costume closet has been raided! Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Bees Without Borders sells very local (and very delicious) honey at Bee-Day. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Bees Without Borders sells very local (and very delicious) honey at Bee-Day. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Greenbelt Native Plant Center teaches visitors how planting native flora can help our local pollinators. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Greenbelt Native Plant Center teaches visitors how planting native flora can help our local pollinators. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • An apiary display in Lily Pool Terrace. The queen has a (man made) small dot of blue on her head to make her stand out. Notice how different her abdomen looks from the rest. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.An apiary display in Lily Pool Terrace. The queen has a (man made) small dot of blue on her head to make her stand out. Notice how different her abdomen looks from the rest. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Tasting samples of elderberry and honey syrup courtesy of  Honey Gardens Apiaries. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Tasting samples of elderberry and honey syrup courtesy of Honey Gardens Apiaries. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Anarchy Apiaries teaches Bee-Day visitors the basics of beekeeping. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Anarchy Apiaries teaches Bee-Day visitors the basics of beekeeping. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Hiten Marimba Duo play "Flight of the Bumblebee" and other tunes in Lily Pool Terrace. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Hiten Marimba Duo play "Flight of the Bumblebee" and other tunes in Lily Pool Terrace. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • BBG's Early Education Coordinator Ashley Gamell gives a tutorial to the Garden Apprentices on bee identification. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.BBG's Early Education Coordinator Ashley Gamell gives a tutorial to the Garden Apprentices on bee identification. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.

    Last Saturday, BBG celebrated its 100th birthday with a Bee-Day party that highlighted the importance of bees in our world with honey tastings, lectures, presentations, tours, and live music throughout the Garden. The day culminated with an old-school concert on Cherry Esplanade featuring Brooklyn natives the Persuasions, as well as the Sweet Divines and legendary soul singer Maxine Brown.

    It was a beautiful day to be in the Garden and definitely a party worthy of 100 years of community service and growth. BBG will continue to celebrate its centennial all summer long with special tours, events, and a Garden-wide exhibition highlighting the history of BBG. For more information, visit BBG Celebrates 100 Years.


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