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Bees and Beekeepers at Work
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If anyone can pull off head-to-toe white, it’s you. And now’s your chance--just head to the Garfield Park Conservatory, where you can put on a beekeeper suit and take a free workshop in the ways of the busy insects.

Bees and Beekeepers at Work is an hour-and-a-half session held three times a week through the end of summer. It’s led by Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance beekeeper Naaman Gambill, who starts each class with an educational talk, then opens up the hives for attendees to see.

Stand as close or as far away from the action as you want--Gambill uses a smoker tool that makes the bees unable to sting. So even if you’re allergic, you’re safe.

We were fascinated by our peek at the inner workings of the hives but were even more intrigued by Gambill’s myriad facts. Who knew that a bee can venture five miles from home and still find his way back? Or that in a bee’s entire life span (usually a few weeks), it makes only a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey?

You live, you learn.

Classes on Tuesdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m.; Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.; 312-746-5100 or

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