Setting a table becomes more than plates, glasses and cutlery when placed in the hands of talented and creative people. You can view this concept in action at Ever Green Garden’s Club annual “Tour of Tables Tea” to be held from 1 until 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2013, at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 2434 E. Battlefield Rd.

Admission is $6 at the door or $5 if bought in advance from event chair Laura Wells. Call 417.889.9109.

“Gardening’s best supporters such as the Friends of the Garden and the Greater Ozarks Hosta Society, community arts groups such as the Springfield Regional Opera and our sister Federated Garden Clubs of Springfield" Brentwood, Cherry Court and Hillbilly Gardeners, plan to have tables,” said Wells. “The focus is on dried and fresh flowers at this non-judged event. We invited the public to come and celebrate the love of gardening, design and our community.”

Food and drink samples will be served and recipes are available for a small copy fee.

The Ever Green Garden Club volunteers, awarded the 2011-2012 Missouri Garden Club of the Year by Missouri Federated Garden Clubs, maintain community gardens at Springfield Art Museum, Harmony House and Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, teach gardening concepts at the Boys & Girls Club and each year celebrate Missouri Arbor Day by planting a tree at a public building.

This fundraiser will enable the club to continue its donations to the Springfield Botanical Gardens, Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri state horticulture scholarships, World Gardening including the Joplin tornado recovery efforts, Blue Star Memorials and Roadside Wildflowers.



Thursday, August 15, 2013
6:30pm until 8:30pm

Uncle Buck's Auditorium, Bass Pro Shops, 1935 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO 65807

Join us for some refreshments, a movie and discussion with local beekeepers about the impact our busy little bees truly has on our environment and ability to retain access to healthy, local food.

This is a FREE event and anyone is welcome to join us.

We're grateful to have Food Day Celebration sponsor, Bass Pro Shops, host this event and provide refreshments. This is an official Food Day event, so be sure to bring your passports and get them stamped for credit at the big Harvest Party in October. We'll have extra passports available for you or you can download yours here,

For more information about all the activities associated with this year's Springfield Food Day Celebration, visit our website at

Movie Synopsis:

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.

TRT 90 min; for more info on the movie, visit


Bees make the front cover of TIME Magazine August 9, 2013


The Plight of the Honeybee

Mass deaths in bee colonies may mean disaster for farmers--and your favorite foods

You can thank the Apis mellifera, better known as the Western honeybee, for 1 in every 3 mouthfuls you'll eat today. Honeybees" which pollinate crops like apples, blueberries and cucumbers" are the "glue that holds our agricultural system together," as the journalist Hannah Nordhaus put it in her 2011 book The Beekeeper's Lament. But that glue is failing. Bee hives are dying off or disappearing thanks to a still-unsolved malady called colony collapse disorder (CCD), so much so that commercial beekeepers are being pushed out of the business.

So what's killing the honeybees? Pesticides" including a new class called neonicotinoids" seem to be harming bees even at what should be safe levels. Biological threats like the Varroa mite are killing off colonies directly and spreading deadly diseases. As our farms become monocultures of commodity crops like wheat and corn" plants that provide little pollen for foraging bees " honeybees are literally starving to death. If we don't do something, there may not be enough honeybees to meet the pollination demands for valuable crops. But more than that, in a world where up to 100,000 species go extinct each year, the vanishing honeybee could be the herald of a permanently diminished planet.

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