Pollinator Events - Fall 2020

This fall offers some incredible opportunities for getting outdoors and learning more about bees, butterflies, and other pollinators!  Monarch butterflies have already 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 are on pages 13-16). In addition, the long-awaited bee mural will be painted in downtown Hendersonville from mid-October through mid-November.  Check out all the upcoming events below and keep up with the latest news on our Facebook page

We'll "Bee" at Orchard Trail Days 

September 5 – 6, 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Presented by: Bee City USA – Hendersonville and Henderson County Beekeepers Association

Orchard Trail Days will be held during Labor Day Weekend to kick-off the 2020 apple harvest season. Henderson County 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, Our Hendersonville affiliate of Bee City USA and the Henderson County Beekeepers Association have teamed up to provide an fun and educational outdoor exhibit about how pollinators help us and how we can also help them.  Take a glimpse inside the observation bee hive. Pick up free seed packets, while supplies last. We’ll have local honey, beeswax products, and pollinator-friendly potted plants for sale. Fresh apples, cider, produce, baked goods, local crafts, and many other items may also be purchased at the orchards.

Audience : all ages

Locations: Sky Top Orchard, 1193 Pinnacle Mountain Rd, Flat Rock on Saturday, September 5 and Freeman Orchards, 3016 Chimney Rock Road, Hendersonville on Sunday, September 6.

Cost: no admission/parking fees

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Symbolic Monarch Migration 

Now through October 9th 

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

Send a Monarch to Mexico! Throughout the month of September, Henderson County classrooms and students are invited to participate in the 25th annual Symbolic Monarch Butterfly 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, a group of paper butterflies will also return north to Hands-On! Children’s Museum, 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. Join the celebration!

Audience: Children of all ages

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

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

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The deadline to submit symbolic butterflies is October 9th. 


Pollinator Day at Hendersonville Farmers Market

Saturday, September 12, 8:00 AM -1:00 PM

Presented by Hendersonville Farmers Market & Bee City USA – Hendersonville

It’s Pollinator Day at Hendersonville Farmers Market! You’ll find the regular bountiful harvest from all the market vendors plus some special treats to celebrate pollinators (all those amazing creatures that visit flowering plants and help them reproduce). 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. The Henderson County Master Gardeners will also be available to answer your pollinator gardening questions.  Kids are invited 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! Loretta Zedella will also present “Yoga & Butterfly Flight” complete with butterfly wings for kids wear as they move and mimic butterfly flight, all within a safely spaced 6’ wingspan of each other.  In addition, Loretta will read a book about butterflies, our beautiful pollinators. In partnership with Hola Community Arts and Hands On! Children’s Museum, kids can also pick up a butterfly art pack to go, decorate a paper monarch at home, then send an electronic copy of their butterfly on an amazing journey as part of the international Symbolic Monarch Migration project. Honeybee Bliss will have pre-packaged honey tasting flights available for $5 each, a live observation bee hive (weather permitting), free bee/pollinator literature, kids’ craft pages, and recipe cards. Plus, shop for a plethora of pollinator-attracting plants, local honey, eco-friendly gear, and other items to Bee Green, Bee Delicious, Bee Sustainable, and Bee Awesome. Four “flavors” of milkweed (host plants for monarch butterflies) will be available!  Proceeds from sales at the Bee City USA booth will benefit the “Bring the Hive Alive!” initiative to paint a bee mural on the exterior wall of Hands On! Children’s Museum in the heart of downtown Hendersonville this fall.

Audience: All ages

Location: Historic Train Depot, 650 Maple Street, Hendersonville

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

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Hive Alive Art Show

Saturday, October 3 – 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.

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Bee Bold Pollinator Fest & Bee Mural Kick-off Celebration

Saturday, October 17, times TBA

Presented by: Bold Rock Hard Cider

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! Other pollinators assist in bringing one out of every three bites to food to our plates as well as enabling wild plants to set fruit and produce seeds. Join us this harvest season as we appreciate the role of pollinators and celebrate the start of the bee mural being painted in downtown Hendersonville!  This is also your chance to meet The Good the Hive artist 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 have just returned from painting bees in the U.K. and is making his next stop in downtown Hendersonville! There, he’ll be creating a “bee-autiful” mural on the exterior wall of the Hands On! Children’s Museum.  Festivities also include live music, honey tastings, crafts for the kids, short films, an observation bee hive, unveiling of a special Bold Rock cocktail, the return of “bee bingo” and more! Outdoor vendors and organizations include The Good the Hive, Bee City USA – Hendersonville, Carolina Bee Farm, BeeHaven Gardens, Henderson County Beekeepers Association, and more.


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, etc. available for sale.


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

mid-October through mid-November

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. 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. Stop by to meet the artist (Matt Willey) and watch him bring the mural to life brushstroke by brushstroke!  In addition, a series of mural project video updates will be posted online

Please also join in expressing appreciation to (and supporting) our “Bring the Hive Alive!” bee mural 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: Online donations are appreciated. Checks made to “Hands On!” may be mailed to: Hands On! Children’s Museum, 318 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC  28792.

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“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 here 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 (check to see if the museum is open), 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 (check to see if the museum is open), Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop , Moonshine & Magnolias , and Art MoB Studios & Marketplace .




ecoExplore Entomology Season + Pollinator Bonus Badge

September 1 - November 30

Presented by The North Carolina Arboretum

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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. After signing up online, participants can...

*go outside in their own backyard or designated ecoEXPLORE "HotSpots" to find and document wildlife species

*take photographs, log into their ecoEXPLORE online profile, and share/submit their observations

*earn points for observations and redeem them for nature-themed prizes such as hand lenses, insect nets, field guides, binoculars, etc.

Participants may also participate in special seasonal challenges to earn badges in Botany, Entomology, Ornithology, etc. 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


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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