Pollinator Week Events

Celebrate Pollinator Week in Hendersonville!

Pollinator Week, June 18 - 25, 2016, is an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles, and other species that help pollinate more than 1,200 crops. That means one out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators!  In addition, 75% - 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need help from pollinators to reproduce. Because of this, pollinators also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, and support other wildlife.  Learn more about why you need pollinators and how pollinators need you! 

Locally, Pollinator Week celebrations are coordinated by Hendersonville Bee City USA (a program of the City of Hendersonville Tree Board and Environmental Sustainability Board). Join the fun, learn more, and get involved with bringing back the pollinators by participating in the variety of Pollinator Week activities being offered in Hendersonville and the surrounding area.  Get great gardening tips, help remove invasive plants to restore native habitat, observe the inner workings of a honey bee colony, or take a walk to observe native plants and pollinators in the garden, on the farm, or in the wild.  A complete schedule of events is posted below.   You may also keep up with the latest Pollinator Week news by liking the Hendersonville Bee City USA page on Facebook.

Pollinator Week Schedule of Events

All week: June 18 - 25, 2016
Visit the Hendersonville Community Co-Op to learn more about the connection between pollinators and our food supply at an exhibit by the Henderson County Beekeepers Association.  

Saturday, June 18 - Oklawaha Greenway Non-Native Invasive Plant Removal 
Presented by MountainTrue
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
You'll get a brief training on identifying target invasive plants and control methods (manual and herbicide application). Then we'll walk to a section of the Greenway near the wetland forest and remove three invasive species to restore native wetland habitat. Wear close toed shoes, long pants, long sleeve shirt. Bring water and snacks and work gloves if you have them. We'll have everything else you need. 
Location: Patton Park, 114 E. Clairmont Dr. off Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville (Park close to the entrance by the basketball courts.) 
Audience: 12 years old and up with a responsible guardian. All participants should be capable of moderate physical exertion and able to handle the heat.  
Cost: Free! 

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Monday, June 20 - Converting a Golf Course Back to Nature
Presented by The Park at Flat Rock
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
When a local golf course was going out of business, the Village of Flat Rock stepped up to acquire the 66-acre property.   Three years later more than 1,500 trees have been planted, 20 bird boxes installed, three owl boxes, honey bee hive in place, and over 4,000 sq. feet of pollinator gardens planted.  Event will include a nature hike through pollinator gardens and through The Park, as time allows. 
Location:  The Park at Flat Rock, 34 Highland Golf Dr., Flat Rock
Audience: All ages.
Cost: Free!
Registration:  Email Fred Roane, Park Naturalist, to preregister.
Tuesday, June 21  - Pollination Celebration! Keynote Address 
Presented by the NC Arboretum and Asheville & Hendersonville affiliates of Bee City USA 
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Landscape designer, photographer, and acclaimed author of Pollinators of Native Plants, Heather Holm, will give two presentations about creating pollinator-friendly gardens with using native flowers, shrubs, and trees.
5:30 PM Doors Open
6:00 PM Gardening for Bees, Butterflies & Beneficial Insects (Presentation 1) 
Most insects have a positive impact in our landscapes. Native plants can be selected to attract specific bees, butterflies and beneficial insects including predatory and parasitic wasps, beetles, flies, true bugs, and lacewings. Learn how these flower-visiting insects provide vital pollination services and also help keep problem insect populations in balance. The life cycles, diversity, and nesting habitats of various insect species will be covered along with examples of native plants for different site conditions.
7:00 PM Reception & Book Signing
7:30 PM Selecting Native Trees and Shrubs that Support Pollinators (Presentation 2) 
While most trees are wind-pollinated, the ones that are insect-pollinated provide important forage for pollinators, especially in early spring. Learn about which canopy trees, small trees, and shrubs are insect-pollinated and the types of pollinators each plant attracts. Factors influencing pollinator visitation including flower structure, flower resources, flowering phenology, and the plant community where the woody plant occurs will also be discussed.
Location: North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC
Audience: All ages.
Cost: Free tickets and free parking, if preregistered. $5 suggested donation at the door. 
Registration:  Preregister for free tickets for Presentation 1 and Presentation 2. Because seating is limited, even Arboretum members should pre-register. Non-NC Arboretum members who have not preregistered will be charged $12 for parking.
Wednesday, June 22 - Lewis Creek Preserve Nature Walk
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Presented by MountainTrue and Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy
Lewis Creek Preserve is an eight-acre preserve protected and managed by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. MountainTrue Ecologist and Public Lands Director, Bob Gale, will lead a slow hike along the trail, interpreting the plant life, wildflowers, and value of pollinators on this property. The visit includes a boardwalk which overlooks an example of the remaining rare Southern Appalachian Bog ecosystems. Bob and MountainTrue have special expertise in managing these bogs and in addressing their threats, including non-native invasive plants.
Location: Edneyville Community Center, 15 Ida Rogers Dr., Hendersonville. We will meet at the community center parking lot (up the hill, to the left) then shuttle to the Lewis Creek Preserve trailhead a short distance away.
Audience: Middle school age to adults. Hike rating is easy.
Cost: Free!
Registration: Click here to pre-register.
Thursday, June 23 - Butterfly Garden Tour 
Presented by Bullington Gardens and Western Carolina Botanical Club
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Stop by any time from 10 AM - 12 PM to explore Bullington's Pollinator Garden and Native Woodland Garden at your own pace. Master Gardeners and Western Carolina Botanical Club Volunteers will be in the garden to answer your questions.  A selection of pollinator-friendly plants will also be available for purchase.
Location: Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville
Audience: All ages. 
Cost: Free!
Registration: None required.
Thursday, June 23 - Bee Hive Open House  
Presented by Henderson County Beekeepers Association and Historic Johnson Farm
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Stop by any time during open house hours to get first-hand look at the productive pollinators in the Johnson Farm apiary.  This "tour de hives" guided by local beekeepers is sure to engage, educate and enchant visitors of all ages!  Bring your questions about honey bees and beekeeping. A selection of locally produced honey will also be available to taste and purchase. (In case of rain, the event will be cancelled.) 
Location: Historic Johnson Farm, 3346 Haywood Rd., Hendersonville
Audience: All ages. 
Cost: Free!
Registration: None required.
Friday, June 24 - Pollinators and Their Plants on the Farm    
Presented by Green River Preserve
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
A hike around the Green River Preserve Farm to learn about the plants that grow on a small farm that help bring in various native pollinators.
Location: 
Green River Preserve Farm, 6371 Green River Road, Zirconia, N.C.
Audience: All ages. 
Cost: Suggested donation of $5
Registration:  Email Rachel Meriwether to preregister via email.

Saturday, June 25 - Bee Hive Open House  
Presented by Henderson County Beekeepers Association and Historic Johnson Farm
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Stop by any time during open house hours to get first-hand look at the productive pollinators in the Johnson Farm apiary.  This "tour de hives" guided by local beekeepers is sure to engage, educate and enchant visitors of all ages!  Bring your questions about honey bees and beekeeping. A selection of locally produced honey will also be available to taste and purchase. (In case of rain, the event will be cancelled.) 
Location: Historic Johnson Farm, 3346 Haywood Rd., Hendersonville
Audience: All ages. 
Cost: Free!
Registration: None required.

Pollinator Week is coordinated by Hendersonville Bee City USA (a program of the City of Hendersonville Tree Board and Environmental Sustainability Board).  Special thanks go to MountainTrue for event sponsorship and to the following event presenters and partners: 
Hendersonville Community Co-Op Henderson County Beekeepers Association
Henderson County Environmental Advisory Committee Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy
Bullington Gardens Historic Johnson Farm
Western Carolina Botanical Club Green River Preserve
The Park at Flat Rock North Carolina Arboretum
Asheville Bee City USA
 
For questions about Pollinator Week, please contact beecityhendersonville@gmail.com.