Essex County Public Garden will have a popular “Bee Day” Educational “Bee”.

MILLBURN, NJ – Are there bees? Of course. On the first Saturday in October, Greenwood Gardens, a 28-acre public garden in Millburn, hosts a popular event with educational bee activities for the whole family.

Educational activities, art competition, etc. with two identical sessions being offered. Registration is required.

The garden is also full of architecture, fauna and flora to delight young and old alike.

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Organizers of Bee Day say it will be “a day of delightful discoveries highlighting the important role of our beloved pollinators – bees! There will be a variety of bee-themed events for the whole family at two locations on the historic garden’s Main Lawn. The same sessions.”

Registrants can attend the morning session from 10:00 to 13:00 and the afternoon session from 14:00 to 17:00.

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“Bee Day is one of the most anticipated events of the year by children, parents and grandparents,” said Executive Director Abby O’Neill. “In order to accommodate as many families as possible, we created two identical sessions to ensure that everyone who wanted to attend could attend. Places are limited, so pre-registration is essential!”

Attendees will learn about the magic of the beehive during “Dance with the Honeybees,” an interactive storytelling presentation created by “Bee Man” Cliff Sunflower.

Focusing on honey bees, Cliff reaches people of all ages with insights, facts and ideas about the ecology of the natural world. Dancing with the Honeybees uses storytelling, poetry, prose, puppetry, music, dance and participatory theatre.

Greenwood resident Joe Lelinho, owner of Hilltop Honey, will teach about the life cycle and role of the honey bee during his presentation, “What’s Buzzing Honeybee.”

A bee expert with more than 25 years of experience in beekeeping, Lelinho is “passionate about helping people understand bees and the threats they face,” Greenwood said.

Beginner artists can participate in the Children’s Drawing Competition and showcase their work.

Winners will receive a free art lesson from One River School in Millburn, New Jersey, and their artwork will be featured on a notecard that will be sold in the Greenwood Gardens gift shop.

Kids will love watching Buzzy the Bee around the garden as he searches for his favorite flower, and they’ll also want to keep an eye out for the Beautiful Beekeeper chasing him! Other Bee Day activities include a scavenger hunt, spelling bee, arts and crafts, face painting, games, gardening tips, story time, honey tasting, food and more. includes!

The first 50 guests at the Family Membership level or higher will receive a bank of local points (one per family). Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children (ages 3-12) and seniors. Activity tickets can be purchased on site for $1, with most activities ranging from one to three tickets. Tickets for both the morning and afternoon sessions of Bee Day are available online at One session per family.

Bee Day is sponsored by Studio 1200, One River Millburn, Hilton Short Hills, Rand, Feuer & Klein, LLC, Maggee Miggins Group at Compass Real Estate and Overlook Medical Center.

About Greenwood Gardens

Read about Greenwood Gardens founder Peter Blanchard III, an author and philanthropist who grew gardens, then donated them to the public, here.

Greenwood Gardens is a non-profit 28-acre public garden and historic site located at 274 Old Short Hills Road in Short Hills.

Greenwood is a peaceful haven dotted with terraced gardens, majestic fountains, woodlands, caves, Arts and Crafts follies and winding paths.

In fulfillment of its mission to connect people with nature in a historic garden oasis, Greenwood offers self-guided tours and programs to the visiting public at the nexus of nature, beauty and history. Greenwood Gardens is supported by gifts, memberships and volunteers. For more information, visit or call 973-258-4026. Follow us on Facebook @GreenwoodShortHills and Instagram @greenwoodgardensnj.

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