by KYW’s Phran Novelli

Never heard of Lorenzo l. Langstroth? Well if you like honey, you have him to thank, because this Philadelphian invented modern hives that help us collect this sweet treat from the bees. And this weekend, the Philadelphia Honey Festival will celebrate his 200th birthday with free events to keep kids and grown-ups busy as bees all over town.

Learn what important pollinators bees are and see their new native garden at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, while sipping honey-sweetened tea and listening to a free concert. Learn how to start your own beehive, and try honey-based gelato and beer at the Wyck Historic House and Garden in Germantown. Head down to Bartram’s Garden to check out the ‘What’s the Buzz’ art exhibit – and even join in with artists doing botanical illustration in the garden.

The Philadelphia Honey Festival runs Friday through Sunday, and you’ll find links to all the sweet happenings below:

(Photo by Phran Novelli)