Pollinator Events

Pollinator Events - Fall 2021

Fall offers some terrific opportunities for getting outdoors and learning more about bees, butterflies, and other pollinators!  Monarch butterflies have begun their migration south and will be passing through our area in September and October.  Fall is also the ideal time for planting trees and perennials.  See the Tree Board’s recommended species list for Hendersonville (plants to provide habitat for wildlife and pollinators begin on page 13). 

Note: As this Pollinator Events page is updated on a quarterly basis, please also check out the Bee City USA - Hendersonville Facebook page to keep up with the latest pollinator news and events.

Symbolic Monarch Migration

Presented by: Bee City USA - Hendersonville

Now through October 8

butterflyHenderson County classrooms and youth organizations are invited to participate in the 26th annual Symbolic Monarch Migration. Join more than 25,000 children from across the United States and Canada in creating paper butterflies to send to Mexico for the winter. The symbolic butterflies’ fall flight is timed to correspond with the living monarchs’ actual journey south. As the real-life monarchs arrive in Mexico for the winter, the symbolic butterflies will be delivered to schools in the monarch sanctuary region. Sometime in March after the living monarchs’ departure from Mexico, groups of paper butterflies will also return north, carrying special messages from the students in Mexico. United by the monarch butterfly, children across North America learn authentic lessons of conservation, cooperation, and ambassadorship.

Audience: Children of all ages

Cost:  Free! Hendersonville Bee City USA has funds available for Henderson County classrooms and youth organizations to participate at no charge (see details below).

Registration: Please contact beecityhendersonville@gmail.com (provide your school or organization name plus your name and contact info) by the end of September to receive a free registration code and instructions for how to register your classroom/group to participate in the Symbolic Monarch Migration program at no cost. The deadline to mail symbolic/paper butterflies is October 8.

Bee Bold Fest

Saturday, August 28, 11 AM - 7 PM

Presented by: Bold Rock Hard Cider and Bee City USA – Hendersonville

bee cartoonJoin us as we celebrate our 3rd Annual Bee Bold Festival. Bold Rock Hard Cider along with Hendersonville Bee City USA, aim to raise awareness of the role of honey bees and other pollinators. Honey bees are the world's most important pollinator of food crops, making them a crucial member of our community. No bees, no Bold Rock! This year's festivities include vendors/exhibitors (including Henderson County Beekeepers Association, Carolina Bee Farm, BeeHaven Gardens, Wehrloom Asheville Meadery, and more!), live music, a special craft cocktail, and other fun activities! Gin Mill Pickers will play from 12 to 3 PM.  The Apple Country String Band will take the stage from 4 to 7 PM.

Location: Bold Rock Hard Cider – Mills River Cidery, 72 School House Rd., Mills River

Audience Served: all ages

Cost: Free to attend!  Honey, cocktails, T-shirts, plants, and other pollinator-friendly items will be available for sale.

Bees & Apples Educational Booth at NC Apple Festival Street Fair

Friday - Sunday, September 3 - 5, 10 AM - 8 PM

Presented by: Henderson County Beekeepers Association, Henderson County NC Cooperative Extension Center, Blue Ridge Apple Growers Association

applesThe 2021 theme of the 75th NC Apple Festival  is “Blossoms to Baskets.”  Henderson County apple growers (with help from honey bees and other pollinators) produce 85% of North Carolina’s apple crop, which generates about $30 million to the local economy.  The NC Cooperative Extension Center, Blue Ridge Apple Growers Association, and Henderson County Beekeepers Association have teamed up to provide a fun and educational exhibit featuring an observation hive of live bees.  Local honey, beeswax products, and pollinator-friendly items will be offered for sale.

Location: The booth will be located on Main Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue in front of Kilwin’s.

Audience Served: all ages

Cost: Free to attend but parking fees may apply.

Sideways Farm & Brewery Sunday Brunch Market

Sunday, September 5 & 19, 12 PM - 3 PM

Presented by Sideways Farm & Brewery, Milkweed Meadows Farm, Bee Masters Farm

farmThrough utilizing homegrown ingredients from their own farm and other local farms, buying local honey, restoring soils, and donating 100% of all tips, Sideways Farm & Brewery is local business that gives back to the community.  Sideways is also one of just a few breweries in the nation using honey instead of corn sugar to add carbonation to their bottles of small batch artisan brews.  On the first and third Sundays during Monarch Month (September), additional vendors will be onsite offering pollinator-friendly plants (including milkweed!) for your garden, local honey, and more.

Location:  Sideways Farm & Brewery, 62 Eade Rd. (off Old Hwy. 64), Etowah

Audience Served: all ages 

Cost: Free to attend!  Artisanal beer and jun, fresh flowers, local honey, pollinator-friendly plants, food, etc., available for sale.


Farm City Day

Saturday, October 2, 10 AM – 4 PM

Presented by: Henderson County NC Cooperative Extension Center

barnFarm City Day (founded in 1955) focuses on agricultural awareness, teaching kids where their food comes from and who produces it. The event celebrates Henderson county’s rural traditions and introduces the urban population to some common farming activities from previous generations. Approximately 80 acres of Jackson Park will be used for urban, rural and educational displays including exhibits from Henderson County Beekeepers Association, Blue Ridge Apple Growers Association, Henderson County Soil & Water Conservation District, and more. Food trucks and three stages of bands will also be part of the festivities.

Location: Jackson Park, Hendersonville

Audience Served: all ages

Cost: Free to attend!  Some activities, food, and vendors will have a charge.


Bullington Gardens Fall Plant Sale

Presented by: Bullington Gardens

flowerFriday and Saturday, September 10 & 11, 9 AM - 4 PM

Bullington’s two-day in-person fall plant sale is finally back! Shop our last plant sale of the year for stunning perennials, shrubs, trees and so much more. Many pollinator-friendly species will be included.

Location: Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville

Cost: Free to attend!  No admission or parking fees.


NC Arboretum Fall Plant Sale

Friday, September 17, 12 - 3 PM and Saturday, September 18, 10 AM - 3 PM

Presented by: The North Carolina Arboretum

sign and rock wallYou won’t want to miss the opportunity to shop a great selection of annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, herbs, etc. from multiple vendors all gathered into one place. Many pollinator-friendly species will be included. The fall plant sale will be held rain or shine.

Location: The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville

Cost: Parking is free for NC Arboretum members or members of partnering gardens in the AHS Reciprocal Admissions Program. For non-members, parking fees are $16 per car to attend plant sale / visit the Arboretum.


Pollinator Trail

Ongoing Self-Guided Tour

Presented by: Bee City USA - Hendersonville

sign and a meadowPlan your own pollinator-friendly adventure! Use the Pollinator Trail as your guide to eco-friendly gardens, green spaces, farms, and other local destinations that highlight the importance of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.  Don’t miss the landmark pollinator mural recently painted on the exterior walls of Hands On! Children’s Museum in the heart of downtown Hendersonville!

Locations: Multiple locations throughout Henderson County 

Audience: All ages

Cost: Free!