Flowers, bees and food featured at Midsummer Festival

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The westside community came out to the Highland Youth Garden for food and fun during its annual Midsummer Festival on July 14. In addition to making creations from its produce garden, event-goers were able to learn about beekeeping from representatives with the Bee Collective, make a floral crown through The Flower Initiative and generally celebrate the hard work that teens, volunteers, and employees put into maintaining the garden on South Highland Avenue. Here, westside resident Julie Szabo proudly displays her flower crown. She said she had always seen slightly younger women and children wearing them at festivals and wanted to get in on the flower power action too.
Mark Frankl, 3, suits up for light beekeeping duties under the supervision of Luke Howard.
Ta’Shaun McGowan, a Green Teen employee at the Highland Youth Garden, helps Gianna Morris cut the lemon that she plans to use on her tomato, cucumber and kale salad.
Charlotte Joseph, 7, shows off the carrots she purchased at the garden market. Her mother said they plan to make carrot top pesto so they do not let any part of the root vegetable go to waste.
Siblings Enzo, Mahala, and Leilani Serfass play a food guessing game.

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