Pollinator Month Events

image of pollinator month event announcementCelebrate Pollinator Month in Hendersonville!

Pollinator Month, June 2018, is a celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles, and other species that help pollinate more than 1,200 crops. That means one out of every three bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators! In addition, about 90% of all wild plants and trees 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.  Learn more about why you need pollinators and how pollinators need you! 

Locally, Pollinator Month celebrations are coordinated by Hendersonville Bee City USA (a program of the City of Hendersonville Tree Board  and Environmental Sustainability Board. Join the fun, learn more, and get involved with bringing back the pollinators by participating in the variety of Pollinator Month activities being offered in Hendersonville and the surrounding area.  Get great gardening tips, help remove invasive plants and restore habitats, learn more about keeping honey bees, discover the fascinating world of plant-pollinator interactions, or take a walk to observe native plants and pollinators in action. A complete schedule of events is posted below.  You may also keep up with the latest Pollinator Month news by liking the Hendersonville Bee City USA page on Facebook.

Oklawaha Greenway Non-Native Invasive Plant Removal 
Thursday, June 7, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Presented by: MountainTrue
You'll get a brief training on identifying target invasive plants and control methods (manual and herbicide application). Then we'll walk to a section of the Greenway near the wetland forest and remove three invasive species to restore native wetland habitat. Wear closed toe shoes, long pants, long sleeve shirt. Bring water and snacks and work gloves if you have them. We'll have everything else you need. 
Location: Patton Park, 114 E. Clairmont Dr. off Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville (Park close to the entrance by the basketball courts.) 
Audience: 12 years old and up with a responsible guardian. All participants should be capable of moderate physical exertion and able to handle the heat.  
Cost: Free! 
Registration: Please visit http://mountaintrue.org/eventscalendar/ to register or call 828-258-8737

NC Cooperative Extension logoGardening for Pollinators in Western North Carolina
Thursday, June 7, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Presented by: Henderson County Extension
Butterflies, bees, and green lacewings are just a few of the insects that benefit humans. In this class 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, Horticulture Agent with NC State Extension will your instructor.  Call 828-697-4891 with any questions.
Audience: Adults
Location: Henderson County Extension Center, 100 Jackson Park Road, Hendersonville 
Cost: $25 (due by May 31) 
Registration: Please complete the registration form (due by May 31) posted here

Bullington Gardens logoSummer Garden Tour
Friday, June 8, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Presented by: Bullington Gardens
This 90-minute magical tour of Bullington Gardens will take you through some of the most popular gardens including the Perennial, Rain, Shade, Reflection, Herb, Native Woodland, Pollinator, Dahlia, Therapy, Fairy and Sally’s Garden. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Bullington Gardens in full bloom! 
Audience: All ages
Location: Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville
Cost: Free! 
Registration: Please call (828) 698-6104 to register or sign up online

Veterans Healing GardenIntroduction to Beekeeping 
Sunday, June 10, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Presented by:  Henderson County Beekeepers Association and Veterans Healing Farm
This informative program on how to get started in beekeeping will be presented by experienced
local beekeepers from the Henderson County Beekeepers Association.  Topics will include: basic bee biology, equipment and terminology, how to get bees, beekeeper responsibilities, investment (cost), producing local honey, benefits of joining a bee club, and more.  The program will the held at the Veterans Healing Farm whose mission is to support veterans and caregivers by providing access to fresh produce, farm activities, and seminars on holistic health and sustainability.  
Audience: Middle school age to adults.
Location: Veterans Healing Farm, Hendersonville.  Directions:  From Pardee Hospital travel west on HWY 64 for approximately 3 miles. Turn left on Yale Rd. Park on the right-hand side of Yale Rd. near the line of Leyland cypress trees. PLEASE DO NOT USE MAHSHIE LANE TO ACCESS THE FARM.
Cost: $10 donation to Veterans Healing Farm / Free for veterans
Registration: Please RSVP by email 


Maintaining the Mountain Landscape Garden 
Monday, June 11, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Presented by: Henderson County Extension
Steve Pettis, Henderson County Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent, will teach gardeners the most effective ways to maintain the mountain landscape utilizing bee friendly techniques.
Audience: Adults
Location: Henderson County Extension Center, 100 Jackson Park Road, Hendersonville 
Cost: $25 (due by May 31) 
Registration: Please complete the registration form (due by May 31). 


Co op logoIntroduction to Beekeeping 
Saturday, June 16, 9:30 - 11:00 AM 
Presented by: Henderson County Beekeepers Association and Hendersonville Community Co-Op
This informative program on how to get started in beekeeping will be presented by experienced local beekeepers from the Henderson County Beekeepers Association.  Topics will include: basic bee biology, equipment and terminology, how to get bees, beekeeper responsibilities, investment (cost), producing local honey, benefits of joining a bee club, and more.  
Audience: Middle school age to adults
Location: Community Classroom at the Hendersonville Community Co-op, 60 South Charleston Lane, Hendersonville 
Cost: Free!
Registration: Please RSVP by email

Gardens that matter logoGardening for Pollinators Online Education Series
Dates: June 25-29, 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM AND June 30, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM (note: date changed from original announcement)
Presented by: Gardens That Matter
Join garden educator and author Amy Landers live from the hive (or garden) via Facebook video for a short daily lesson about pollinators in our gardens. On Saturday evening, join her for an in-depth webinar and live Q&A about pollinator-friendly plants and practices.
Location: Online here 
Audience: All ages
Cost: Free!
Registration: None required for Facebook video lessons. Pre-register for the webinar here.

Mountain True logoLewis Creek Preserve Nature Walk
Tuesday, June 19, 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Presented by: MountainTrue and Conserving Carolina
Lewis Creek Preserve is an eight-acre preserve protected and managed by Conserving Carolina. MountainTrue Ecologist and Public Lands Director, Bob Gale, will lead a slow hike along the trail, interpreting the plant life, wildflowers, and value of pollinators on this property. The visit includes a boardwalk which overlooks an example of the remaining rare Southern Appalachian Bog ecosystems. Bob and MountainTrue have special expertise in managing these bogs and in addressing their threats, including non-native invasive plants.
Location: Edneyville Community Center, 15 Ida Rogers Drive, Hendersonville. We will meet at the community center parking lot (up the hill, to the left) then shuttle to the Lewis Creek Preserve trailhead a short distance away.
Audience: Middle school age to adults. Hike rating is easy.
Cost: Free!
Registration: Please register here or call 828-258-8737. 

Flat Rock park logoGuided Nature Walk   
Saturday, June 23, 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Presented by: The Park at Flat Rock
Join certified naturalist Rosalie Estey for a guided nature walk featuring pollinators and flowers.   The walk will begin at the welcome center / pavilion area and will include a stroll through the pollinator garden and future wildflower meadow area.  For additional information regarding this event please contact Wendy Beville, extension office master gardener and park volunteer at 828-337-7825. 
Audience: All ages. Children under 12 must be with an adult. Sorry, no pets or strollers.
Location: The Park at Flat Rock, 55 Highland Golf Dr., Flat Rock 
Cost: Free!
Registration: Please contact Wendy Beville at 828-337-7825 to register. 

BB Barns logoPollinator Day 
Saturday, June 23, 10 AM – 2 PM
Presented by: B.B. Barns Garden Center and Henderson County Beekeepers Association
Join B.B. Barns to celebrate National Pollinator Week in collaboration with The Henderson County Beekeepers Association.  The beekeepers will be showcasing a live observation hive, discussing the importance of pollinators, and answering questions.  Pollinator Seed Giveaway at the Live Hive Demo for the first 40 families!  Also, enjoy a roasted hot dog as you enjoy a stroll through a great selection of pollinator plants featuring many wonderful perennials, including the current and past "Perennial of the Year" plants. In addition, a Beekeeping Basics seminar will be offered at 10 AM ($10 registration required) and a Best Perennials for Cut Flowers & Wildcrafting seminar will be offered at 1 PM ($10 registration required).  Seminar registration will be returned in the form of a shopping coupon at the event.
Location: B.B. Barns Garden Center, 3377 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden
Audience: All ages
Cost: Free except for seminars $10 each
Registration: None required except to attend seminars. Pre-register for seminars in-store, by phone at 828/650-7300, or on-line.

carl sandburg national historic site linkFarm, Field and Forest: Discover Pollinators at Connemara
June 1-30, open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Presented by: Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Pick up a Farm, Field and Forest TRACK Trail brochure when you enter the park to discover the homes and hiding places of pollinators at Connemara.  The trail guide will take you by the gardens, goats and pastures while following the footsteps of Carl Sandburg’s grandchildren.  Activities in the brochure will guide you to learn about the various plant and animal communities that work together at Connemara.
Audience: All ages
Location: Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Little River Road, Flat Rock
Cost: Free! 
Registration: None required


bee the change photoPollinator Seed Packet Giveaway  
June 1-30, open weekdays from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Presented by: City of Hendersonville - Tree Board and Environmental Sustainability Board
As part of the effort to expand local habitat for pollinators, Hendersonville Bee City USA invites citizens of Hendersonville and Henderson County to pick up a free seed packet and plant a patch of flowers to feed the bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. These "Bee the change you want to see in the world" packets include enough seeds to cover 10 square feet. Ideal for full or part sun locations, the seed mix features 19 nectar-rich types of annuals and perennials.  Quick-blooming garden favorites such as zinnia and cosmos will flower later this summer while native wildflowers including purple coneflower, black-eyed susan, and lance-leaf coreopsis will provide years of blooms in the seasons to follow.  Seed packets contain 100% pure, non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free seeds guaranteed to grow by American Meadows.  For complete a complete listing of species and links to more details, please visit www.americanmeadows.com/wildflower-seeds/wildflower-mix/honey-bee-wildflower-seed-mix.
Audience: All ages
Location: City of Hendersonville Operations Center, 305 Williams Street, Hendersonville
Cost: Free! 
Registration: None required. Stop by Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to pick up your free seed packet at the reception desk.

Check out our neighbors, Bee City USA Asheville, for more local events in WNC!