Pollinator Events

2020 Pollinator Month Events

June is Pollinator Month! Why celebrate pollinators?  Bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles, and other creatures aid in the production of nearly 75% of crops.  That means one out of every three bites of food you eat is thanks to pollinators!  In addition, about 90% of wild flowering plants rely on pollinators for the survival of their species.  Because of this, pollinators also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, and support other wildlife.  Please join us both outdoors and online during this month to learn more about why you need pollinators and how pollinators need you!



bee city logoBee City USA Pollinator-Friendly Plant Sale Fundraiser

Month of June

Presented by Bee City USA - Hendersonville and Hands On! Children’s Museum

In lieu of all the in-person fundraising events originally planned to support the “Bring the Hive Alive!” initiative to paint a bee mural in Hendersonville, a pollinator-friendly plant sale with online orders/payments and contact-free curbside plant pick-up locations is underway.  You’ll find pollinator garden favorites as well as many harder-to-obtain native flowers, vines, shrubs, and trees.  Some special add-on items such as notecards featuring pollinator artwork by local kindergarteners, very local Hendersonville honey, native bee nesting habitats, bee mural donor rewards packages, etc. are also offered.  Unless otherwise noted, 100% of proceeds (minus credit card processing fees) will go to fund the mural to be located on the exterior wall of the Hands On! Children’s Museum in the heart of downtown HVL.  Your purchase will therefore help feed the pollinators AND paint the pollinators in our community!

Location: Online orders and outdoor/curbside pick-up at multiple locations including Hendersonville Farmers Market (June 13), Henderson County Tailgate Market (June 20), BeeHaven Gardens in Flat Rock & Flat Rock Farmers Market (June 25), Mills River Farmers Market (June 27) and Milkweed Meadows Farm (by appointment now through June 30).



bullington gardens logoBullington Gardens Zero Contact Spring Plant Sale 

Month of June

Presented by Bullington Gardens

For years, Bullington Gardens has held their annual Spring Plant Sale. This year, they’re offering a new online ordering system designed to make your garden shopping easier and faster with zero contact.  Once your order is received, Bullington staff or volunteers will contact you to schedule a pick-up day and time. Pick-up days are currently Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 AM - 3 PM. Deliveries may also be arranged, if needed.

Location:  Online orders and outdoor/curbside pick-up at Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville



raymondsPollinator Facts Self-Guided Tour + Pollinator Photo Contest

June 12 - 30 (Monday - Saturday, 8 AM - 5:30 PM for tour)

Presented by Raymond’s Garden Center

June is Pollinator Month! From June 12th - June 30th, you’ll find signage throughout Raymond’s Garden Center with fun facts about pollinators and plants. Check out this self-guided tour to learn more about  how pollinators do what they do and what’s really going on “behind the petals.”  Also, keep your smartphones and cameras ready and be on high alert for pollinators of all kinds -- bees, butterflies, moths, flower flies, beetles, and hummingbirds!  Starting on June 12th, enter the Pollinator Photo Contest by submitting your photo to raymondsgardencenter@gmail.com. (Must be your original photo, multiple photos allowed.) Winner will be awarded a special Raymond's gift card! Photo contest will end on June 30.

Location: Anywhere you spot a pollinator for the photo contest and Raymond’s Garden Center 1320 Kanuga Rd, Hendersonville (with open-air shopping and checkout areas) for the tour.

Audience Served: All ages

Cost: Free!

Registration: None required

Raymond’s Garden Center Bee Mural Fundraiser + Pollinator Q&A Session was a success!  Special thanks to Raymond's Garden Center and Raymond's staff and customers for raising $1000 on June 12th for the “Bring the Hive Alive!” initiative to paint a bee mural on the exterior wall of the Hands On! Children’s Museum in downtown Hendersonville!



plantsPollinators in the Community Garden

Saturday, June 20, 10 AM - 12 PM

Presented by Bountiful Harvest Community Garden

Participate in a self-guided tour of the garden! While maintaining social distancing, visitors will be able to see what pollinator plants have been planted to help with the vegetable garden and see what other plants are growing around to support the pollinators. Volunteers will be available at an outside tent to provide information about the plants and answer questions.

Location: Bountiful Harvest Community Garden, Jackson Park off of Glover Street, Hendersonville

Audience Served:  All ages

Cost:  Free!

Registration:  None required



coop logoThank you, Pollinators! Exhibit & Seed Packet Giveaway

Presented by Hendersonville Community Co-op & Bee City USA - Hendersonville

Week of June 22 - 28 (Monday - Saturday, 7 AM - 9 PM and Sunday, 8 AM - 8 PM)

Without pollinators, our grocery baskets would look very different.  Did you know 1 in every 3 bites you take is thanks to a pollinator? If you like tomatoes, squash, berries, almonds, melons, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, stop by the Co-Op during National Pollinator Week to learn more about the pollinators who help produce these and more than 1200 other crops. Let’s celebrate and appreciate the honey bees, squash bees, bumble bees, blueberry bees, orchard bees, moths, butterflies, bats, hummingbirds, beetles, and more who help bring both nutritious and delicious foods to our grocery carts and dinner plates! Plus, find out how you can provide a few bites for pollinators by helping to create healthy habitats.  Pick up a free packet of pollinator-friendly black-eyed Susan seeds, while supplies last.

Location: Hendersonville Community Co-op, 60 S Charleston Ln, Hendersonville

Audience Served:  All ages

Cost:  Free

Registration:  None required



movie poster"The Pollinators" Virtual Movie Night Plus Q&A Session

Tuesday, June 23, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Presented by Asheville GreenWorks & Carolina Native Nursery

Released in 2019, "The Pollinators"  is a cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honeybees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat. While the film is focused on honeybees, it takes a hard look at the pesticides that impact all pollinators. After the screening, Maryann and Jim Frazier—two bee researchers featured in the film—will be available for a Q&A session!

Location: Online

Audience Served:  Adults

Cost:  Donations accepted

Registration:  Reserve your ticket here



Gardening for Pollinators in Western North Carolina: Online Resources from NC State

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Presented by Henderson County Center, NC Cooperative Extension

Although restricted from having in person meetings, NC State researchers and agents are still providing research-based information. Steve Pettis, our local NC State Horticulture Agent, has put together a list of online NC State University pollinator insect resources. Butterflies, bees, and green lacewings are just a few of the insects that benefit humans. Using these web resources, 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 it is important to learn how to control bad insects with non-pesticide techniques.

Location: Online

Audience Served: Adults and kids

Cost: Free!

Registration: None required



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Gardens that Matter On-Demand Online Classes 


Presented by Gardens That Matter

Gardens That Matter serves over 3000 gardening families around the world, but is based right here in Hendersonville! Amy and Colby, along with their three young sons, aim to teach families how to create beautiful, bountiful gardens by sharing step-by-step lessons and stories from the field and backyard.  Through their blog and classes, they share both their successes and messes. To help get everyone out gardening this season, you can take one of their intro class for free when you use the code GROWJOY at checkout.  The "How to Grow a Pollinator Café" course will teach you how to make your yard a 5-star stop for pollinators and a colorful, life-filled place for people. Amy will cover all the essentials you need to create a garden bustling with hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.  You may also choose from other on-demand introductory gardening classes including: Start Your First Garden, The Happy Garden Guide to Composting, and Gardening with Kids.

Location: Online

Audience Served: Adults

Cost: Free!

Registration: Enter the code GROWJOY at checkout


bring the hive alive logoBring the Hive Alive! Downtown Bee Mural Initiative



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

Bee City USA - Hendersonville is thrilled to be partnering with Hands On! Children's Museum, local businesses, organizations, and community members to bring The Good of the Hive to paint a BEEautiful bee mural in the heart of downtown Hendersonville. As fundraising continues, the mural is currently scheduled to be painted on the 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 the fall of 2020.  In addition to the many benefits provided by public art, the mural will help draw attention to the importance of pollinators and inspire actions to help sustain healthy ecosystems. Learn more or make a donation to support this community-wide effort at www.handsonwnc.org/hive.  Sweet donor rewards for crowdfunding contributions of $25 and up include: honey bee window cling, The Good of the Hive sticker, BeeKind sticker, jar of local honey, packet of pollinator-friendly seeds, AND coupons from B.B. Barns The Garden Company, Raymond’s Garden Center, and Spriggly’s Beescaping. Additional rewards are offered for donations of $50 or $100. Bee mural sponsorship opportunities starting at $250 are also available.
Questions: Please email beecityhendersonville@gmail.com or call the Museum at 828-697-8333, ext.223.

Location: Online and by mail. Donor reward packages will be sent by mail.

Audience Served: All ages

Cost: Online donations accepted at www.handsonwnc.org/hive. Checks made to “Hands On!” may be mailed to: Hands On! Children’s Museum, 318 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC  28792.



                                 Thank you, Pollinator & Community Supporters!



With pollinators being so critical to sustaining healthy ecosystems and agricultural systems, it’s no surprise that local food/beverage businesses, farms, nurseries, garden clubs, educational organizations, and conservation groups are among the numerous sponsors of the initiative to bring The Good of the Hive  to paint a bee mural in the downtown Hendersonville.  We also wish to thank the businesses and organizations who have recognized the many aesthetic, cultural, economic, and social benefits this exceptional work of public art will bring to our community. During Pollinator Month and throughout the year, please join Bee City USA - Hendersonville and Hands On! Children's Museum in expressing appreciation to (and supporting) our “Bring the Hive Alive!” bee mural sponsors who have done so much for the good of all.


Please also check out our neighbors, Bee City USA - Asheville, for additional online pollinator events!