Pollinator Events

Bee Downtown! (See the Bee Mural Being Painted Outdoors)

March 29 - April 30 (weather permitting)

Presented by Bee City USA – Hendersonville and Hands On! Children's Museum

Our local Bee City USA affiliate (a program of The City of Hendersonville Tree Board and Environmental Sustainability Board) is partnering with Hands On! Children’s Museum, The Good of the Hive, nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and community members to create a larger-than-life bee mural in the heart of downtown Hendersonville!

Phase 1 of the project was completed in the fall of 2020.  You can now see the queen bee and her attendants overwintering on their comb dripping with honey on the exterior wall of the museum.  The mural wall is located within the Azalea Public Parking Lot (facing Third Ave. E. between N. Main Street and King Street). Phase 2 of the project is now underway and adds more bees and honeycomb around the corner of the building as well as flowers growing up from the ground and additional pollinators in flight across the walls. There are many ways to learn more about the project:

The Bee City USA Hendersonville Facebook page features regular updates.

The Bee City USA Hendersonville YouTube Channel includes the first two video updates about the mural project. Additional videos will be posted after painting resumes in the spring. 

View the Lunch & Learn Zoom meeting with Matt Willey, Artist and Founder of The Good of the Hive.  Special thanks to Blue Ridge Community College, Certified Bee Campus for hosting this online event while Matt was in town painting!

Read  Inside the Bee Mural: Artist talks about his inspiration, an article by Hendersonville Times-News writer, Rebecca Walter.

Follow The Good of the Hive on Instagram, on  Facebook, and/or on Twitter

Please also join in expressing appreciation to (and supporting) our “Bring the Hive Alive!” sponsors who have done so much to make this project possible, for the good of all.

Location: Exterior wall of the Hands On! building (in the Azalea Public Parking Lot), between N. Main Street and King Street, facing Third Ave. E. in downtown Hendersonville.

Audience: All ages

Cost: FREE!


Pollinator Trail

Ongoing Self-Guided Tour

Presented by: Bee City USA - Hendersonville

Use the new 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 and plan your own adventure!

Locations: Multiple locations throughout Henderson County  

Audience: All ages

Cost: Free!




Bees & Blooms Saturdays

Saturdays - April 3,10,17 & 24 (weather permitting)

Presented by Bee City USA - Hendersonville, Hands On! Children’s Museum, The Good of the Hive

From local honey, garden transplants, or tasty treats to The Good of the Hive merchandise, local artwork, or crafts for the kids, you’ll find something different on each Saturday from approximately 10 AM – 4 PM (weather permitting)! 

Location:  Exterior wall of the Hands On! building (in the Azalea Public Parking Lot), between N. Main Street and King Street, facing Third Ave. E. in downtown Hendersonville.

Audience: All ages

Cost: Free!





Habitat is Home Photo Contest

April 1 - May 15

Presented by Conserving Carolina

Submit photos or videos of 1) native plants, 2) projects to improve wildlife habitat where you live, and/or 3) wildlife (pollinators included) seen at or near your home. Garden-themed prizes will be awarded.  Enter as many times as you like between April 1 and May 15.  See complete details

Location: Take photos at or near your home then submit  online. 

Audience: All ages

Cost: Free!




Tourism Speaks Radio Show – What’s the Buzz?  

Tuesday, April 20, 5:30 PM

Presented by Henderson County Travel & Tourism Authority (TDA), WTZQ Radio

Matt Willey (The Good of the Hive) & Kim Bailey (Bee City USA - Hendersonville) will share the latest buzz related to the bee mural nearing completion on the exterior wall of Hands On! Children’s Museum (in the Azalea Public Parking Lot), the new pollinator gardens being installed nearby, and upcoming pollinator events for Earth Day, Pollinator Month, and in-between.


Location: Tune in on WTZQ Radio AM 1600 / FM 95.3 or listen live online




Pollinator Gardening Lunch & Learn

April 22 (Earth Day), 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Presented by Bee Campus USA - Blue Ridge Community College

Pollinators can be picky eaters!  This online event will focus how to create a garden buffet to attract bees, beetles, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Did you know each type of pollinator has preferences for how their nectar is served up?  We'll share the secret recipes for bloom color, flower depth, fragrance, etc. to cater to each and every group.  Because it's critical to feed pollinators during all stages of life, we'll also include the top 10 salad bar ingredients (AKA “host plants”) to provide baby food for butterfly caterpillars.  As a bonus, if you feed pollinators, they’ll help feed you!  So, if you’re hungry to learn more about nourishing pollinators while also growing pawpaws, passionfruit, blueberries, serviceberries, ground cherries, herbs, and edible flowers for yourself, be sure to join us for this live lunch & learn event!

Location: Online via Zoom

Audience: Adults

Cost: Free

Registration: No pre-registration required.  Just download the Zoom app and join the meeting using this Zoom Link (no password required).


City Nature Challenge 2021: Western NC

Friday, April 30 – Monday, May 3

Presented by The North Carolina Arboretum, ecoEXPLORE, iNaturalist

Ready, set, snap! Connect with fellow nature lovers from around the world in the 2021 City Nature Challenge, a worldwide bioblitz that encourages participants to get outside and celebrate their region’s biodiversity by taking photos of plants and animals found in their communities and uploading them to iNaturalist. The North Carolina Arboretum will be serving as the lead institution for the Western North Carolina region and will be offering a variety of online programming for adults and youth in conjunction with the Challenge. Youth who want to participate can register for  ecoEXPLORE and earn additional prizes and badges. Adults can earn the NC BioBlitz badge as well!  See complete details.

Location: Outdoors in Western North Carolina & Online at iNaturalist

Audience: All ages

Cost: Free!



Hands on the Hive! Painting Day

Date/time to be announced 

Presented by Bee City USA - Hendersonville, Hands On! Children’s Museum, Arts Council of Henderson County 

To celebrate the community coming together to make the bee mural project possible in downtown Hendersonville, small groups of socially-distanced sponsors, students, and community members will have the opportunity to “paint a petal” on the wall (at ground level, no one on the lift) with artist Matt Willey as the mural nears completion.  Like a paint-by-number template, Matt will have the lower sections of the mural outlined and ready for folks to participate.

Location: Exterior wall of the Hands On! building (in the Azalea Public Parking Lot), between N. Main Street and King Street, facing Third Ave. E. in downtown Hendersonville.

Audience: All ages

Cost: Free!

Registration:  Pre-registration will be required to limit group sizes.  Details TBA.




Bee Mural Dedication Ceremony

Date/time to be announced 

Presented by Bee City USA - Hendersonville, Hands On! Children’s Museum, The Good of the Hive

An official ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony is being planned to celebrate the completion of The Good of the Hive bee and pollinator mural in downtown Hendersonville.

Location: Bee Mural (in the Azalea Public Parking Lot), between N. Main Street and King Street, facing Third Ave. E. in downtown Hendersonville.

Audience: All ages




Pollinator Day at Hendersonville Farmers Market

Saturday, June 5, 8:00 AM -1:00 PM

Presented by Hendersonville Farmers Market & Bee City USA – Hendersonville

H with a carrot and shovelTo kick off Pollinator Month, the Hendersonville Farmers Market is hosting Pollinator Day! You’ll find the regular bountiful harvest from all the market vendors plus some special treats to celebrate pollinators. Pollination truly is responsible for the beauty and abundance of the plant world. What better way to spend the day than appreciating the people and pollinators working together to produce the splendid flowers and fruits that feed us in so many ways?!  Visit Hendersonville Bee City USA’s booth to pick up free packets of pollinator-friendly seeds (while supplies last) as well as tips for planting gardens to provide healthy habitats for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Kids are invited to make their own pair of bee, butterfly or other pollinator antennae then set off on a scavenger hunt to find as many local foods produced with the help of pollinators as they can. Fun prizes will be awarded to all scavenger hunt foragers! Other vendors scheduled to participate in this special day at the market currently include Mickey Lively Plant Nursery, Honeybee Bliss, Shanti Elixirs, and Loretta Zedella’s Butterfly Flight Yoga. Live music, the kids’ zone, a chef demo, and a food truck will also be part of the day’s festivities.

Location: Historic Train Depot, 650 Maple Street, Hendersonville

Audience Served: All ages

Cost: Free! Local honey, pollinator-friendly plants, fresh produce, etc. available for sale.


Home Gardening Series:  Gardening for Pollinators in Western North Carolina

June 17, 6:30 – 8:30 PM  

Presented by Henderson County Extension

Butterflies, bees, and green lacewings are just a few of the insects that benefit humans. In this online class in the Home Gardening Series you will learn how to identify pollinating insects in the landscape and vegetable garden. You will also learn which plants feed, shelter, and provide habitat for pollinating insects. Also, you will learn how to build a pollinator house! Pesticide use can harm beneficial insects so we will learn how to control bad insects with non-pesticide techniques. Steve Pettis, Henderson County Commercial and Consumer  Horticulture Agent and host of the Gardening in the Mountains radio show will teach you how to care for our pollinating friends!

Audience: Adults

Cost: $10 per person class due one week prior to class start. Cash or check only (make checks out to N.C. Cooperative Extension of Henderson County; mail to 100 Jackson Park Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792)

Registration:  Register by calling 828-697-4891 or emailing steve_pettis@ncsu.edu.






Gardening in the Mountains Radio Show Celebrates Pollinator Week!

June 19, 8:00 AM

Presented by Gardening in the Mountains Radio Show, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, WTZQ

Join host Steve Pettis from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension every Saturday at 8 AM for Gardening In The Mountains and he’ll help make your garden grow better! This week's show will be dedicated to beneficial and pollinating insects. Learn how to provide food, shelter and water for our six-legged friends. As always, if you have a question for Steve, send him an email at: gardeninginthemountains@gmail.com. You can also listen to past episodes online anytime.

Location: Tune in on WTZQ Radio AM 1600 / FM 95.3 or  listen live online