Foodology: Dig In!
Feast on Holiday Fun at the 2013 Gardenland Express Show

Feast on Holiday Fun at the 2013 Gardenland Express Show

The Garden's annual holiday flower and train show celebrates "Gathering for the Feast."
What St. Louis Eats: Sam's Herb Garden

What St. Louis Eats: Sam's Herb Garden

One young Garden visitor has turned his interest in herbs into a tasty hobby.
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Take the Family Food Challenge!

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Honey Time at the Kemper Center

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Honey Time at the Kemper Center
Bees, particularly the domesticated honeybee, are among the most beneficial of all garden insects. Bees are efficient pollinators, and we’re happy to have a few buzzing around the Kemper Center – especially around honey time!

About twice each year, horticulturist Elizabeth Spiegel gathers frames filled with capped honeycomb from the hives near our Marilyn and Sam Fox fruit gardens and manually cleans off the honeycomb that the Garden’s bees have constructed. The frames are then inserted into a centrifuge, which forces the honey into a central pool at the bottom of the chamber, from which it can then be extracted via a spout and collected in jars.

Once a full batch has been collected, the honey is sold to Garden staff and volunteers, with the proceeds from its sale applied to further maintenance of the hives and honey-collection equipment.


Want to see honeybees at work? Stop inside the Center for Home Gardening to view a working beehive with glass sides, and see if you can spot the “queen!”

 
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