- Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Centennial Bee-Day Party

Saturday, June 12, 2010 | 11 a.m.–6 p.m. | Free!


Celebrate BBG's centennial with a bee-filled birthday party for all ages. Enjoy a day of musical performances by Stephane Wrembel, the Django Experiment; Mecca Bodega; the Persuasions; the Sweet Divines; and other artists. Themed walking tours with BBG's gardeners and scientists highlight plants' special relationships with bees. Sample "New York City rooftop honey" and other delights by local beekeepers and artisans. Hear renowned apiarist Dennis vanEngelsdorp and nature writer Verlyn Klinkenborg talk about the importance of bees in our environment. Kids can buzz around the grounds in fanciful bee costumes, make bee puppets, explore hands-on science workshops, and enjoy bee-inspired readings by Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman.

Performers, Activities, Exhibits and Workshops

Printable Centennial Bee-day Party Schedule of Events (pdf)

Schedule of Events


11:00–12:30

Vanishing of the Bees
Documentary advance screening by directors George Langworthy and Maryam Henein
Auditorium

Noon–1:00

Hiten Marimba Duo
"Flight of the Bumblebee" and other works
Lily Pool Terrace

1:00–2:30

Mecca Bodega
Mesmerizing global music
Cranford Rose Garden

1:00–1:20

Bees Up Close
Presentation and talk with photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher
Auditorium

1:20–2:15

Verlyn Klinkenborg on Beekeeping
Refl ections by the NY Times nature writer and home apiarist
Auditorium

1:30–2:30

Stephane Wrembel: The Django Experiment
Gypsy jazz
Magnolia Plaza

2:00–2:45

Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman
Poetry reading about bees and nature
Fragrance Garden

2:30–3:15

CSI: The Hive
Investigating the causes of colony collapse disorder with apiary expert Dennis vanEngelsdorp
Auditorium

2:30–3:30

Hiten Marimba Duo
"Flight of the Bumblebee" and other works
Lily Pool Terrace

3:15–4:30

The Persuasions
Brooklyn’s own kings of a cappella
Cherry Esplanade

3:30–4:30

Stephane Wrembel: The Django Experiment
Gypsy jazz
Magnolia Plaza

3:30–4:30

Paul Mueller
Sweet hammered dulcimer serenade
Herb Garden

4:45–6:00

The Sweet Divines with the Legendary Maxine Brown
Old-school honeys harmonize with the queen bee of soul
Cherry Esplanade

Noon–12:45

Native Bees and Native Plants
Tour with BBG director of Science Gerry Moore
Native Flora Garden

Noon–1:00

Live Bee or Die
The joys of organic and sustainable beekeeping with Sam Comfort of Anarchy Apiaries
Meadow

Noon–1:00

Heirloom Annuals for the Home Gardener
Tour with BBG curator Cayleb Long
Lily Pool Terrace

Noon–1:00

Inviting Beneficial Insects into the Cranford Rose Garden
Tour with BBG curator Sarah Owens
Cranford Rose Garden

12:30–1:00

No Common Scents: Fragrance Garden Tour for Kids
With BBG curator Anne O'Neill
Fragrance Garden

1:00–2:00

Flowering Herbs and Cover Crops
Tour about pollination with BBG curator Caleb Leech
Herb Garden

1:30–2:30

Bees and Trees
Tour the pollination seasons with BBG senior arborist Chris Roddick
Oak Circle

1:30–2:30

Inviting Beneficial Insects into the Cranford Rose Garden
Tour with BBG curator Sarah Owens
Cranford Rose Garden

2:00–2:30

To Be or Not to Be: Shakespeare Garden Tour for Kids
With BBG curator Anne O'Neill
Skakespeare Garden

2:00–3:00

Beekeeping Boot Camp
Workshop for new-bee apiarists with Sam Comfort of Anarchy Apiaries
Meadow

2:00–4:00

Make a Native Bee Home
Margarita Poulson demonstrates how to make alluring nests for Brooklyn bees
Oak Circle

2:30–3:30

Fruit Tree Pollinators
Tour with BBG curator Caleb Leech
Herb Garden

2:30–3:30

Book Signing with Rose-Lynn Fisher and Verlyn Klinkenborg
Featuring Bee, the photographer’s new book, with a foreword by Verlyn Klinkenborg
Magnolia Plaza

2:45–3:30

Book Signing with Mary Ann Hoberman
Featuring Whose Garden Is It? and other works by the Children's Poet Laureate
Fragrance Garden

3:00–4:00

Bees and Trees
Tour the pollination seasons with BBG senior arborist Chris Roddick
Oak Circle

3:30–4:30

Heirloom Annuals for the Home Gardener
Tour with BBG curator Cayleb Long
Lily Pool Terrace

11:00–5:00

Liddabit Sweets
Honey candies
Magnolia Plaza

11:00–5:00

Sugarbuilt
Bee-day cookies
Magnolia Plaza

11:00–5:00

Erica Weiner Jewelry
Bee and insect creations
Magnolia Plaza

11:00–5:00

J & L Handmade Soap
Natural honey skincare
Magnolia Plaza

11:00–5:00

Oak Lea
Honeycomb jewelry designs in silver
Magnolia Plaza

11:00–5:00

Erica's Rugelach and Baking Company
Honey-inspired sweets
Magnolia Plaza

Noon–4:30

Books on Bees and Pollination
Gardener's Resource Center, Rotunda

Noon–4:30

Hive: An Architectural Cookie Installation
By Amelia Coulter of Sugarbuilt
Rotunda

Noon–5:00

Eco-organizers, Progressive Pollinators, and Live Hives
Anarchy Apiaries
Bee Native
Bees Without Borders
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
East New York Farms
Gotham City Honey Coop
Great Pollinator Project: Bee Watchers
Greenbelt Native Plant Center
HoneybeeLives
Just Food
NYC Beekeeper Association
NYC Beekeeping Meetup Group
The Honeybee Conservancy
Lily Pool Terrace

Noon–5:00

Small-Batch, Regional Honey
Finger Lakes Honey
Honey Gardens Apiaries
Nature's Way Farm
New York City Rooftop Honey
Red Bee Honey
Lily Pool Terrace

Noon–12:45

Metamorphosis, with Carmelo the Science Fellow
Be a baby bee (ages 4 and up)
Fragrance Garden

Noon–4:30

Bee Yourself
Raid our bumble bee costume closet and earn your stripes
Fragrance Garden

12:30–1:00

No Common Scents: Fragrance Garden Tour for Kids
With BBG curator Anne O'Neill
Fragrance Garden

1:00–1:30

I Ain’t Scared of No Bees!
David Graves invites you to try on his beekeeper’s hat and check out a live hive
Fragrance Garden

1:00–4:00

Bees and Flowers
Pot up a pollinator-friendly plant to take home
Discovery Garden

1:15–2:00

See Through the Eyes of a Bee, with Carmelo the Science Fellow
Make your own bee-noculars (ages 4 and up)
Fragrance Garden

2:00–2:30

To Be or Not to Be: Shakespeare Garden Tour for Kids
With BBG curator Anne O'Neill
Shakespeare Garden

2:00–2:45

Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman
Poetry reading about bees and nature
Fragrance Garden

2:30–5:00

Create a Bouncing Bumble Bee
Workshop with Puppetry Arts Theatre
Fragrance Garden

2:45–3:30

Book Signing with Mary Ann Hoberman
Featuring Whose Garden Is It? and other works by the Children's Poet Laureate
Fragrance Garden