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Bee program offered at Smucker House

The Salem Federation of Women’s Clubs Smucker House will open its garden to the public for free to have fun and learn about bees, butterflies, buds and flowers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 22. 

Salem recently became one of the National Bee Cities and the Smucker House garden will become one of the pollinator gardens in the city along with Waterworth Park and the Burchfield Garden in Salem. This event has many activities planned for children and adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

At 10 a.m., Bruce Zimmer, past president of the Columbiana Mahoning Beekeepers Association, will bring an assortment of items that the children can look at and touch such as his veil, gloves, smoker and tools that he uses in the hive and a comb like the ones the bees use. He will also bring a small hive (no bees) and show how he inspects the hive. Joining will be some green stingless bees for the children to look at.  

At 10:30 a.m., Zimmer will give a talk on Monarch butterflies and at 11 a.m. Bill Snyder from the Ohio State University Master Gardening Programs will give a talk to children and adults on “BEE Informed.” 

The 4-H Youth Development will available to share the many programs available to Salem children and youth. The Salem Federation of Women’s Clubs will help children paint on flower pots and plant marigolds to take home. All children will plant a sunflower seed in the garden and they can come back later to see how it is growing. Other organizations being represented will include the Brightside Project handing out string bags, the Lisbon Job and Family Services doing Window Greenhouses, the Damascus United Methodist Youth Group and the Ohio State University Extension office having a craft for children and distributing free vegetable seeds for a Victory Garden.  

Recently, under the direction of the Ohio State University Master Gardner’s the garden has been revitalized. Many individuals and non-profit organizations have contributed to the project. Club members, the OSU Master Gardeners, Columbiana County Just Rite 4-H club, the Damascus United Methodist Youth Group, St. Paul’s Troop 6 Boy Scouts and a Friend of the Smucker House, Anisa DiLeo, have worked to develop the garden.

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