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There's a buzz about Fall Festival

For the Mirror

Mike Stanley has a honey of a hobby.

Stanley is a beekeeper who will share his knowledge of one of nature’s most industrious and invaluable insects at the Fall Festival at PowellsWood this weekend.

“Bees are fascinating creatures when you start learning about what they do and how they do it,” says Stanley, one of several people whose expertise will be featured at the second annual festival, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Located at 430 S. Dash Point Road, PowellsWood is a three-acre private garden owned by Federal Way residents Monte and Diane Powell. During the festival, visitors can stroll the grounds or join a guided tour. In addition, there will be poetry readings, bluegrass music, gardening demonstrations and light refreshments.

Stanley, a Twin Lakes resident, will be on hand at noon each day to talk about bees. He also will show off a demonstration honey bee hive complete with a queen bee, drones and worker bees –– all safely encased within glass.

Stanley initially became interested in bees because he owns property in Enumclaw with fruit trees on it. To ensure the trees were properly pollinated, he bought a honey bee hive and placed it on his property. Soon he was captivated by the behavior and role of bees.

Pollination –– the transfer of pollen between a plant’s flowers –– is the key to the reproduction of plant life. Without it, fruit and vegetable gardeners would come up empty at harvest time. And without bees, which transfer pollen that rubs off on them as they collect nectar, many plants would go unpollinated.

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