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Gifts from the Garden classes scheduled
Courtesy photo Participants in the Gifts from the Garden class will make a mason-bee wine bottle house, learning glass cutting and etching techniques and make beeswax wraps that replace single-use plastic.

Pollinators and leaves are the focus of this summer’s Gifts from the Garden adult classes, held in July and August at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Participants must be age 16 and older. KWEC will be following social distancing guidelines and masks are required.

The series starts with “It’s All about Bees,” from 2-4 p.m. July 19, when participants will create two bee-related crafts. Help bees help us, by making a wine-bottle, mason-bee house. Honey bees get all the press, but native bees, including mason bees, are often more efficient pollinators. Participants will create a glass-etched wine bottle holder to attract solitary, nesting mason bees. Using a honeybee product – beeswax – we’ll then make beeswax wraps, which replaces single-use plastic wrap. Register by July 13 for this free class, by calling KWEC toll-free at 877-243-9268.

Botanical gel printing is the subject of “Leaf Art,” the Aug. 9 class, which also runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Roam KWEC’s garden and prairie, gathering leaves to make one-of-a-kind prints. Fine detail, muted or bold colors, it’s up to you, while using household items to create your design. Register by Aug. 5, for this free class, by calling 877-243-9268.