WHAT’S NEW AT LEU: HONEY BEES AND FAIRY FESTS

Though everyone is already hyped about the fall season and pre-Halloween activities, the reality is that summer is still here.

There’s a lot to do before summer comes to an end, and Leu Gardens is ready to celebrate the season’s final days.

Check out what’s new at Leu:

First, it’s the event everyone is buzzing about: National Honey Bee Day.

Guests are invited to learn all about bees from University of Florida Master Beekeeper Chris Stalder. There will be a chance to see a working honeybee hive and sample some honey. There will also be honey and bee-related items for sale in the pavilion.

If desired, guests can purchase a native bee home to put in their own yard to help protect pollinators.

The event is Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Daytime garden admission applies.

Next, guests of Leu Gardens are invited to celebrate the garden’s fairy doors with a special Fairy Festival.

There will be an opportunity to take a self-pace walk through the enchanting gardens, to find the fairy doors — and to discover the role of each fairy. There will also be special fairy landings, and places to stop, see and learn.

Kids are welcome to dress up in their favorite fairy clothes, and will be able to participate in activities like crafts with SuperAwesomeCoolPottery and making their own miniature fairy gardens courtesy of Central Florida Ferns and Foliage.

Dinner and treats will be available for purchase at Leu Gardens during this special festival. There will be grilled food and Peak Season Pops popsicles.

The Fairy Festival will be Friday, Aug. 23, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and $5 for Leu Members. Tickets should be purchased in advance, as they will not be available the day of the Fairy Festival.

For more information about Leu Gardens and its upcoming special events, visit LeuGardens.org.