Your Green Life: "Glensheen's Buzzing Guests"

By KBJR News 1

July 3, 2014 Updated Jul 3, 2014 at 8:59 AM CDT

Duluth, MN
Glensheen sees a lot of guests each year but these new guests are pretty special.

Dan Hartman the Interim Director at Glensheen told me, "This is actually one of our great examples of a community partnership that we've built in the last year."

The Lake Superior Honey Company is taking its bees to Glensheen to help the garden grow.

Jon Otis, the Owner of Lake Superior Honey Company told me, "He had talked about his garden program and the gardening that they do here, and the extensive grounds and gardens and that they were going to be launching this grounds tour and asked if I had ever thought of keeping bees at Glensheen. And I said actually I have and how can we make it work?"

The bees were placed behind the main office building on the property.

"Glensheen has had a grounds tour for about a year now and a lot of people when they think of Glensheen they think of the house. But the part that Chester Congdon liked best was the mansion's grounds. And so this honey bees that you saw earlier are now a part of that grounds tour." says Hartman.

Visitors will get a chance to see the honey bees at work...from a distance of course, and learn about the importance of the pollinators.

"Lake Superior Honey Company, part of our mission is an educational mission to teach people about bees and about bee keeping and why it's important." says Otis.

In the week that the bees have been at Glensheen, they have already begun to produce a little honey from the local vegetation on the Glensheen property.

"I'm really excited to see what we will actually get out of this at the end of the season, just to see how much of a difference this is going to make with our plants, but also just to have a jar of honey myself is going to be kind of fun." said Hartman.

Glensheen's Gardens harvest about 2–thousand pounds of produce a year, which is all donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. The honey from Glensheen will be sold later this year.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch