Pollinator Events

This fall offers some incredible opportunities for getting outdoors and learning more about bees, butterflies, and other pollinators!  In addition, the long-awaited bee mural will be painted in downtown Hendersonville from late-October through November.  Check out all the upcoming events below and keep up with the latest news on our Bee City USA Hendersonville Facebook page.


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

October 26 through mid-late November

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! The bees will be painted on the exterior wall of the children’s museum located within the Azalea Public Parking Lot (facing Third Ave. E. between N. Main Street and King Street). In addition to the many benefits provided by public art, the mural will help draw attention to the importance of pollinators, celebrate the power in human connection, and inspire actions to help sustain healthy ecosystems. Weather permitting, stop by to meet the artist (Matt Willey) and watch him bring the mural to life brushstroke by brushstroke. In addition, a series of video updates about the bee mural project will be posted online.

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.

Audience Served: All ages

Cost: FREE!



Bee Sweet!

Saturday, October 31 & Sunday, November 1, 10 AM – 4 PM  

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

Weather permitting, stop by to meet artist Matt Willey as he works to bring the bee mural to life, brushstroke by brushstroke!  What will he be painting when you visit?  Maybe a drizzle of honey dripping down the wall from the honeycomb above?  Perhaps the festive orange and black colors of a monarch butterfly’s wing?  But what would Halloween or Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) be without some sweet treats? And what could be sweeter than honey?  While supplies last, Matt will also have some pure honey sticks, honey candies, colorful sugar skull stickers, and I love pollinators stickers for the kids.  Let’s also have a little fun and give him some tricks to go with his treats.  Bring along your best bee joke or pollinator pun to see if you can make Matt giggle and smile!  Pollinator costumes also encouraged!

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.

Audience Served: Everyone!

Cost: Free!

Link to image: See attached file - matt_mural_smile.JPG


Hive Alive Art Show

Now through Sunday, November 1 during gallery hours (11 AM – 5 PM, Monday, Wednesday – Saturday. 1:00- 4:30 PM on Sunday. Closed on Tuesday.)

Presented by Art MoB Studios & Marketplace

Just around the corner from where the bee mural will be painted in downtown Hendersonville is Art MoB Studios and Marketplace , featuring the work of over 80 local and regional fine artists and fine crafters.  Art MoB artists have donated selected artwork for sale, with all proceeds from the show going to the “Bring the Hive Alive” mural project.  Artwork will be priced from $25-100.  One piece will be raffled off at an upcoming artist reception. “Art MoB and our artists believe in giving back to the community, to show our support to those that support us, and for the benefit of the bees and their hives.  So much depends on this.”



Location: Art MoB Studios & Marketplace, 124 4th Avenue East, Downtown Hendersonville (just on the other side of the mural)

Audience Served: Come and explore the arts!  Everyone is invited to join us to view and purchase artwork.  All CDC guidelines are in place from the time you come in the door. 

Cost: No cost to view the show. Visitors are encouraged to purchase artwork to support the project.


Lunch & Learn with Matt Willey, Artist and Founder of The Good of the Hive

Thursday, November 5, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

Presented by: Blue Ridge Community College, Certified Bee Campus; Bee City USA – Hendersonville; Hands On! Children’s Museum; The Good of the Hive

Join us this harvest season as we appreciate the role of pollinators and learn more about the bee mural being painted in downtown Hendersonville!  This is your chance to meet The Good of the Hive artist and founder, Matt Willey, who is on a mission to paint 50,000 honey bees (the number in a healthy hive) in murals around the world. Matt will tell the story of how and why he began painting bees and explain his mission to ignite radical curiosity for planetary health issues through art and storytelling.  Facilitated by international podcast host, Pam Pyms, participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions during this interactive online meeting with the artist and local bee mural organizers. Using the bee and her hive as a metaphor, Matt aims to activate and celebrate the power in human connection. BEE a part of the experience while Matt is here painting in Hendersonville!

Location: Join online via Zoom

Audience Served: Everyone!

Cost: Free!

Registration:  Register online to receive the Zoom link to join. (Limited to the first 250 registrants.)


Love Hendo – Shop Local Saturday

Saturday, November 7, 10 AM – 4 PM

Presented by: Historic Downtown Hendersonville, Bee City USA – Hendersonville, Hands On! Children’s Museum

On this first Saturday of November, Main Street will be closed to allow for pedestrian fun and the expansion of downtown restaurants and retail stores.  Just off Main Street, along Third Ave. E., join us at the bee mural site to watch The Good of The Hive artist Matt Willey paint pollinators on the exterior wall of Hands On! Children’s Museum; check out a colony of live bees in the glass observation hive; purchase local honey, jun (a healthy beverage made with raw honey), and bakery items; shop for local artwork; buy a souvenir T-shirt; and more.  Vendors/exhibitors include Honeybee Bliss, Bee City USA - Hendersonville, The Good of the Hive, Hands On! Children’s Museum, Art MoB Studios & Marketplace, Shanti Elixirs, and more.

Location: Main St. + Bee Mural Site (Azalea Parking Lot, Third Ave. E. Entrance)

Audience Served: Everyone!

Cost: Free!


Symbolic Monarch Migration 

Now through November 2nd 

Presented by: Bee City USA – Hendersonville, Hands On! Children's Museum, Hola Community Arts

All around the world, the life cycle and metamorphosis of the butterfly has served as a symbol of endurance, change, renewal, and hope for the future. Although monarch butterflies born in the summer will live only a few weeks, the generation that emerges in late summer and early fall is different. These butterflies are born to migrate and may live up to eight or nine months. From the Hendersonville area, their epic journey to Mexico covers at least 2,000 miles. Like clockwork, the first migrating monarchs typically reach their overwintering habitats high in the mountains of central Mexico by the first of November. This is also the time the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated.  According to traditional belief, the monarchs are the souls of ancestors returning to Earth for their annual visit.  In observance of this wonderous natural phenomenon and cultural celebration, all budding and blooming pollinator artists are invited to create a symbolic paper butterfly to add to the kaleidoscope (that’s the name for a group of butterflies) of colorful monarchs currently on display at the museum as part of the 25th annual international Symbolic Migration project. Please see the complete directions for how to participate and submit your butterfly artwork by November 2, 2020 (the same time the real monarchs will be arriving in Mexico).

Audience: Children of all ages

Location: Online and Hands-On! Children’s Museum, 318 N. Main Street, Hendersonville

Cost:  Free! 

Event Information & Registration Instructions  for classroom/group or to participate as an individual. 


Bee Virtual! (Follow Along Online as the Bee Mural is Being Painted)

October 26 - mid to late November

matt MuralKeep up with the progress as well as the message behind the mural as Matt Willey, artist and founder of The Good of the Hive, paints larger-than-life bees and other pollinators on the exterior wall of the Hands On! Children’s Museum in downtown Hendersonville.  There are many ways to follow along and be a part of the hive as the mural comes to life:

The  Bee City USA Hendersonville Facebook page will feature regular updates as well as  a series of videos about the bee mural project.

Learn more about the early days of The Good of Hive as well as current experiences by listening to the archived and weekly podcasts..

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

Register to attend the Lunch & Learn Zoom meeting with Matt on Thursday, November 5 from 12:30 - 1:30 PM.


Bee Thankful Art Project

Now through November 26

Presented by: Bee City USA – Hendersonville, Hands On! Children's Museum, Hola Community Arts

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. There's hardly any better time to be thankful for all the pollinators who make our food possible, every day, around the world. Bats, bees, butterflies, birds, and more pollinate plants that produce one-third of the food we eat. This includes not only tasty things like chocolate, pumpkins and cranberries, but foods that provide us with a major proportion of essential nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants.  Even the alfalfa and clover that cows eat to produce milk (and we turn into cheese, butter and whipped cream) depend on pollinators.  The "Thankful for Pollinators" placemat is a great way to learn more.  As you color the foods around the edges of the placemat, check the answer key to see who pollinated them. Then, use the Thanksgiving plate as a frame to draw what you are thankful for this season (food or otherwise). Take a photo of your completed placement and email it to beecityhendersonville@gmail.com by Thanksgiving Day (November 26) to be entered to win some fun pollinator-themed prizes.  You can pick up a copy of the placement at Hands On! Children’s Museum or download and print your own copy. The ideal printing size is tabloid (11 x 17 inches). Letter size paper (8.5 x 11 inches) will also work if you choose “fit to page” when printing.

Audience: Everyone!

Location: Online and Hands-On! Children’s Museum, 318 N. Main Street, Hendersonville

Cost:  Free!

More Information.


ecoExplore Entomology Season + Pollinator Bonus Badge

Now through - November 30

Presented by The North Carolina Arboretum

Eco Explore Logo

ecoEXPLORE (Experiences Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education) is an incentive-based community-based science program for NC children in grades K-8.  This innovative statewide program combines science exploration with kid-friendly technology to foster a fun learning environment while encouraging children to explore the outdoors and participate in real life science initiatives. The Entomology Field Badge is available to earn every year from September 1 - November 30. In addition, a brand new Pollinator Bonus Badge will be available to earn starting in mid-September.

Audience Served: NC children in grades K-8

Location: Statewide and at ecoEXPLORE HotSpots 

Cost: Free!

Registration: Sign up online



“Bring the Hive Alive” Crowd-Funding Campaign


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

Hands On! Children’s Museum is hosting an online crowd-funding campaign for the bee mural project with donor rewards contributed by local organizations and businesses.  Rewards (to be sent by mail) for 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. 

View the  complete list of donor gifts and various donation levels or text “buzz” to 44321.  Bee mural  sponsorship opportunities are also still available.

Questions: Please email beecityhendersonville@gmail.com or call the Museum at 828-697-8333, ext.223.



Pollinator Notecard Fundraiser  


Presented by: Honey Bees Kindergarten class at FernLeaf Community Charter School

These colorful note cards feature artwork by 5 and 6 year-olds in the Honey Bees Kindergarten class at FernLeaf Community Charter School. Six different designs are printed on 4.25 x 5.5 cards. Also includes six 100% recycled-content brown kraft paper envelopes (made in the USA).

Available for $10 per set of 6 (with all proceeds to benefit the downtown bee mural initiative) at the following Hendersonville locations:   Hands-On! Children’s Museum Gift Shop, Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop ,  Moonshine & Magnolias, and Art MoB Studios & Marketplace .





Honey Bee & Monarch Window Cling Fundraiser


Presented by: Bee City USA – Hendersonville  

Simply peel the vinyl cling from the backing and place it in a window or windshield of a car.  Sticks through static! Easily removed or repositioned as no adhesive is used.  Also helps prevent bird strikes on window glass.  Both window cling designs were created by Libby Tracy, a local artist and nature lover from Black Mountain, NC.  Available for $5 each (with all proceeds to benefit the downtown bee mural initiative) at the following Hendersonville locations: Hands-On! Children’s Museum Gift Shop , Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop , Moonshine & Magnolias , and Art MoB Studios & Marketplace .




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


Presented by Henderson County Center, NC Cooperative Extension

nc coop logoAlthough 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.  Also see the City of Hendersonville Tree Board’s recommended species list . (plants to provide habitat for wildlife and pollinators are on pages 13-16).

Audience Served: NC children in grades K-8

Location: Online

Cost: Free!

Registration: None required



Bullington Gardens’ Fall Plant Sale

Presented by: Bullington Gardens


Bullington Gardens offers an online ordering system designed to make your garden shopping easier and faster with zero contact. Many species to help support pollinators are available.  “Fall is the ideal time to plant perennials, trees and shrubs. The weather is cool but the soil is still warm which encourages excellent root growth without stimulating flowering that comes with spring planting,” says Joellen Johnson, a Henderson County Extension Master Gardener and Bullington Garden’s Volunteer Coordinator. 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 with outdoor/curbside pick-up at Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville

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