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Bexley garden buzzing, thanks to scout project

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PHOTO COURTESY OF CHRIS RANKIN
Geoff Dutton, leader of Cub Scout Pack 166, helps a scout build one of four beehives installed by the troop at the Bexley Community Garden.
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Visitors to the Bexley Community Garden at the corner of Ferndale Place and Mayfield Place may have noticed buzzing sounds in recent months.

The buzzing comes courtesy of local Cub Scout Pack 166, which built four beehives in May to house bees that pollinate the garden's flowers.

The project was made possible by a $2,400 grant from the Bexley Community Foundation.

"The scouts do a lot of stuff to learn about the environment and to help the community," said troop leader Geoff Dutton. "The bee project combined all those elements, and it's been a lot of fun."

The grant covered the cost of supplies, including shipping the bees in from Georgia. The troop also planted flowers near the hives they built.

"Bees will travel three miles, but if they're new to the environment, they may need flowers closer to home," said Diane Gosser, chairwoman of the Bexley Community Garden.

Since building the beehives, the scouts periodically return to the garden for "bee checkups."

"The scouts go in on a regular basis and open up the hives and check on them," Dutton said.

Other than the wind blowing over one of the beehives, the project has been successful, Gosser said.

"The garden is in the southeast corner of Bexley and we were concerned there might be some vandalism," she said. "We figured if anybody bothered the bees, the bees could take care of themselves."

Photos of the beehives are on display in the children's section of the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St.

The display was designed not only to educate the community about the scouts' work but as "a good way to recruit boys who are interested" in joining the troop, Dutton said.

Plans are underway for the scouts to make additional contributions to the garden. The troop plans to build houses for bats, which eat bugs that disturb the plants.

"The idea of Cub Scouts sitting around a campfire is nice," Gosser said, "but these days, they do so much more."

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