Pollinator Events

It’s always a great time to learn more about why you need pollinators and how pollinators need you!  As summer turns to fall, Bee City USA – Hendersonville and our partners are pleased to present a new series of pollinator education events. Events kick off with National Honey Bee Day celebrations on August 17 and continue through September with several programs featuring monarchs during the course of their southbound migration across Western North Carolina.   

You may also keep up with the latest news and events by liking our Bee City USA - Hendersonville Facebook page and following our Bring the Hive Alive! initiative to paint a bee mural in downtown Hendersonville.

sow true seed logoPollinator Workshop: Monarchs, Milkweed & More!  
Presented by:  Sow True Seed and Milkweed Meadows Farm (Fruitland, NC)  
Tuesday, September 10, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 
As part of Sow True Seed's 2019 Educational Series, Milkweed Meadows Farm will present a workshop focusing on the life cycle and habitat needs of monarch butterflies.  We’ll also dive into the unique flower structure of milkweeds, identify native milkweed species growing in western NC, and demonstrate milkweed seed harvesting and propagating methods.  Finally, because the saying, “if you plant it, they will come” is especially true for milkweeds, we’ll meet several other species who make their home in the milkweed community.  
Location:  Sow True Seed, 243 Haywood St, Asheville 
Audience Served:  Adults 
Cost: $10 class - includes a milkweed plant and your choice of flower seed packet! $5 of each ticket will be donated to the “Bring the Hive Alive!”  initiative to raise awareness of pollinators by painting a bee mural in downtown Hendersonville. 
Registration: Reserve your spot by registering online.

beekeepers association logoPlanting for Pollinators  - Henderson County Beekeepers Association Monthly Meeting
Monday, September 16, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Presented by: Henderson County Beekeepers Association and Bee City USA – Hendersonville
Following announcements from club officers, apiary managers, and members, Bee City USA – Hendersonville Coordinator, Kim Bailey, will present a program on creating gardens to best meet the habitat needs of honey bees, native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators.  Using native and locally suited plants as examples, Kim will discuss specific characteristics (shape, structure, color, odor, bloom time, nectar composition, pollen traits, etc.) of flowers adapted to attract particular types of pollinators.  Also learn how to support pollinators year-round and throughout their various life stages by planting host plants for local butterfly species including monarchs, swallowtails, and fritillaries; creating nesting sites for native bees; and providing overwintering habitats.  The Henderson County Beekeepers Association (HCBA) meets on the third Monday of the month from March – November.  Meetings are open to the public.  
Location: Henderson County Center - NC Cooperative Extension, 100 Jackson Park Rd, Hendersonville
Audience Served:  All ages 
Cost:  Free - You do not need to be a HCBA member to attend monthly meetings
Registration: None required

nc arboretum logoMonarch Butterfly Day
Saturday, September 28, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Presented by: The North Carolina Arboretum
Known for their stately colors and elegant wings, millions of monarch butterflies travel more than 2,000 miles from across North America to Mexico each fall, where they cluster in about a dozen small areas. Unfortunately, the monarch population has declined from 556 million in 2004 to a historic low of 33.5 million in 2014. This is due to the butterflies’ dramatic loss of habitat and food sources, including the milkweed plant. As part of a national effort to stave off the decline of monarch butterflies, The North Carolina Arboretum will host its fifth annual Monarch Butterfly Day on Saturday, September 28, inside the Arboretum’s Education Center and throughout its gardens. As part of this free event, participants will learn ways to help monarch butterflies, have the opportunity to purchase milkweed, create make-and-take butterfly crafts and witness monarch butterfly releases.  
Location: The North Carolina Arboretum - Education Center, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville
Audience Served: All ages 
Cost: Free, however standard Arboretum parking fees apply ($14 per personal vehicle).  Parking is free for Arboretum Society members.
Registration: None required 

bee city USA logoPollinator Exploration Kit (Available for Loan) 
Presented by: Bee City USA – Hendersonville
Calling all educators: teachers, naturalists, gardeners, park rangers, camp counselors, outdoor/environmental educators, home-school parents, childcare professionals, and more!  Bee City USA – Hendersonville is eager to help you share the wonder of pollinators with children you teach.  Whether exploring your own backyard, schoolyard, or a local park, you’ll find many helpful tools in our Pollinator Exploration Kit.  The kit includes sets of 12 sturdy child-size insect nets, special bug capture bubbles, bug boxes with magnifying lids, and magnifying glasses.  Two pop-up insect habitats and two sets of laminated fold-out field guides (NC Trees & Wildflowers, NC Butterflies & Moths, Bees & Other Pollinators) are also included.  As available, the kit is available for loan for up to a week. 
Location: Kit may be picked up (reservation required) and returned on weekdays from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the City of Hendersonville Operations Center, 305 Williams Street, Hendersonville
Audience: Educators of all kinds 
Cost: Free! 
Registration: Please email to check availability and reserve the dates you’d like to borrow the Pollinator Exploration Kit. 

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, nonprofit organizations, and community members to bring The Good of the Hive to paint a BEEautiful bee mural in downtown Hendersonville. In addition to the many benefits provided by public art, we believe this mural will draw attention to the importance of pollinators and inspire actions to help sustain healthy ecosystems.  You can support this community-wide effort by making a tax-deductible donation to help bring the bee mural to life in downtown Hendersonville! Donations may be made online or checks made payable to HANDS ON! may be mailed to 318 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Bee mural sponsorship opportunities are also available. 
Questions: Please email or call 828-697-8333, ext.223
Location:  The mural will be located on the side and back corner of the Hands On! building, between N. Main Street and King Street, facing Third Street. This heavily visited area is located in the heart of downtown Hendersonville and included in the Azalea Public Parking Lot

August 2019 Events

park at flat rock logoHoney Tasting & Beekeeper Talk
Saturday, August 17, 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM 
Presented by: The Park at Flat Rock
In celebration of National Honey Bee Day, the Park’s beekeeper, Will Garvey, will host a honey tasting and short talk.  He will offer samples from different geographic areas to demonstrate how the flavor of honey can vary based where the bees live and work.  You’ll also taste honey form the Park’s own hive!  He’ll give a short talk on the bee’s nectar gathering cycle and how the honey is extracted and processed by beekeepers.  
Location: Staton Pavilion, The Park at Flat Rock, 55 Highland Golf Drive, Flat Rock 
Audience Served:  All ages (children must have a parent/guardian present)
Cost:  Free
Registration:  None required

Bullington Gardens logoCelebrating the Pawpaw 
Saturday, August 17, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
Presented by: Bullington Gardens
Pawpaws, the largest edible tree fruit native to North America, is making a resurgence. Join Craig Mauney, Area Specialized Extension Agent, pawpaw aficionado and farmer as we celebrate the pawpaw with information about how to cultivate trees, how to use the fruit and a taste testing of prepared foods using pawpaw fruit.  What do pawpaws have to do with pollinators?  Their fetid flowers are pollinated by some of our less appreciated pollinators: flies and beetles.  Pawpaw trees are also the sole host plants for gorgeous Zebra Swallowtail butterflies.  
Location: Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville
Audience Served: Adults
Cost: $25 
Registration: Limited to 50 participants. (Register early… this event sold out last year!) Call (828) 698-6104 to make a reservation or register online here.

conserving carolina logoConserving Carolina Speaker Series: Butterflies in Your Backyard 
Presented by: Conserving Carolina
Saturday, August 17, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
This program will introduce basic information about butterflies and some of the species common in our area with a focus on the Monarch butterfly.  Speaker, Brad Nelson, will discuss the Monarch’s life cycle, different types of milkweed common in our area, and which milkweeds are more likely to attract Monarchs. He will also provide gardening techniques that will help attract Monarchs, describing specific types of plants that are best for the enticing them and which are better to help perpetuate the species. The presentation will also include explanation of migration routes and when to expect Monarchs in this area. Brad has been involved with Monarch Watch, the University of Kansas tagging program, for the last 5 years. He raises Monarchs from January to September, a culmination of a release of about 150 tagged butterflies that will journey to Mexico.
Location: Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve, 179 Wood Thrush Lane, Mill Spring, NC
Audience Served: All ages
Cost: Free 
Registration: None required

bee bold logoBee Bold Pollinator Festival 
Saturday, August 17, 1 - 6 PM  
Presented by: Bold Rock Hard Cider and Bee City USA – Hendersonville to benefit Bring the Hive Alive!
Join us as we celebrate National Honey Bee Day with our inaugural Bee Bold Festival. Bold Rock Hard Cider, along with Bee City USA - Hendersonville, 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! Festivities include live music by Jake Burns Music from 2-5pm, vendors, honey tastings, educational workshops, observation bee hives, plant sale, and other fun activities! Vendors and organizations include Carolina Bee Farm, BeeHaven Gardens, Bullington Gardens, Hands On! Children’s Museum, Cornerstone Tea, Mills River Farmers’ Market, Henderson County Beekeepers Association, and more! We will also be bringing back the Ginger Bee Cocktail! This cocktail features a delightful blend of lemon juice, local honey from the Henderson County Beekeepers Association, and Bold Rock Hard Cider’s Ginger Cider. $1 from each cocktail sold will be donated directly to the Bring the Hive Alive initiative. Starting at 1 pm, each guest will receive one complimentary limited edition ‘Bee Bold’ pint glass with the purchase of a cocktail (non-alcoholic available, too). *Limit one per guest while supplies last.* ‘Bee’ Bold and join us on Saturday, August 17th!
Location: Bold Rock Hard Cider - Mills River Cidery, 72 School House Rd., Mills River
Audience Served:  All ages 
Cost:  Free 
Registration: None required

nature nuts squirrelNature Nuts: Monarchs
Saturday, August 31, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Presented by: Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education
We will explore the exciting world of monarch butterflies!  We will learn about their incredible annual migration and conservation efforts in place to help this extraordinary species of butterfly.  
Location: Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, 1401 Fish Hatchery Rd., Pisgah Forest
Audience Served:  Ages 4-7
Cost:  Free
Registration: Limited to 18 participants. Register online at the event link below. 

eco explorer bearEco Explorers: Monarchs 
Saturday, August 31, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
Presented by: Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education
We will explore the exciting world of monarch butterflies!  We will learn about their incredible annual migration and conservation efforts in place to help this extraordinary species of butterfly.  
Location: Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, 1401 Fish Hatchery Rd., Pisgah Forest
Audience Served:  Ages 8-13.
Cost:  Free
Registration: Limited to 18 participants. Register online at the event link below. 

Butterflies and Monarchs Nature Walk
Saturday, August 31, 9:00 AM – TBA AM 
Presented by: The Park at Flat Rock
The Park’s naturalist will host an informative nature walk focusing on butterflies and monarchs.  
Location: The Park at Flat Rock, 55 Highland Golf Drive, Flat Rock 
Audience Served:  All ages (children must have a parent/guardian present)
Cost:  Free
Registration:  None required