Pollinator Month Events

bee on yellow backgroundHendersonville Bee City USA’s
Pollinator Month 2019
Schedule of Events

Pollinator Month (June 2019), 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 help sustain healthy ecosystems that clean air, filter water, stabilize soil, and support other wildlife species.  Learn more about why you need pollinators and how pollinators need you!

Locally, Pollinator Month celebrations are coordinated by Bee City USA - Hendersonville, 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, taste foods and drinks made from honey and pollinator-dependent ingredients, discover the fascinating world of plant-pollinator interactions, learn more about bees and beekeeping, 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 Bee City USA - Hendersonville Facebook page

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Non-Native Invasive Plant Removal & Pollinator Meadow Planting
Wednesday, June 5, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Presented by: MountainTrue and City of Hendersonville Tree Board and Environmental Sustainability Board
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 Oklawaha Greenway near the wetland forest and remove three invasive species to restore native wetland habitat.  We’ll also plant milkweed and other native flowering plants to benefit pollinators.  Plus, take home some natives to plant in your own pollinator garden.  Wear close toed shoes, long pants, long sleeve shirt. Bring water and snacks and work gloves if you have them. We'll have everything else you need.
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. 
Location: Patton Park, 114 E. Clairmont Dr., Hendersonville (Park close to the entrance by the basketball courts.)
Cost: Free!
Registration: Please visit http://mountaintrue.org/eventscalendar/ to register or call 828-258-8737.

wine and sage gourmet logoBee-licious Tastings: Honey, Mead, & More!
Thursday, June 6, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Presented by: Wine Sage and Gourmet, Alchemy Herbal Wine, Henderson County Beekeepers Association  
In celebration of Pollinator Month, join us for this special epicurean event to taste sips of mead, drips of honey, and all things bee-licious!  Mead (A.K.A. Honey Wine) is most likely the oldest alcoholic beverage and is cited in many ancient texts throughout the world. It is even referenced as containing hidden wisdom and making the drinker a great poet or sage!  Griffin Abee of Alchemy Herbal Wine will be sharing tastes of bee-guiling meads made with unique and intentional blends of herbs and spices.  Alchemy utilizes local, seasonal, organic, wild-crafted, and natural honey, fruits, herbs, roots, and barks to create healthy nutritionally rich ancient beverages with a buzz!  In addition, sample local wildflower honey made from flowers growing within just a few miles of downtown Hendersonville and compare it to honeys from around the world.  Local beekeepers will explain how bees collect nectar from flowers and turn it into honey, how beekeepers manage the nectar flow (to collect a monofloral honey such as sourwood), and how honey is harvested from the hive.  Sweet and savory nibbles featuring honey and/or ingredients dependent on pollinators will also be included. Did you know 1 in every 3 bites you take is thanks to a pollinator? Think tomatoes, squash, berries, almonds, melons, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and even cheese (we’ll explain!). 
Audience: Adults
Location: The Wine Cellar (downstairs) at Wine Sage and Gourmet, 416 N. Main Street, Hendersonville
Cost: $15 per person
Registration: Call 828-595-2236, pr email , or register/pay online here at to reserve your spot.

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Lewis Creek Preserve Nature Walk
Wednesday, June 12, 9:00 AM - 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 visit http://mountaintrue.org/eventscalendar/ to register or call 828-258-8737

NC Cooperative Extension logoGardening for Pollinators in Western North Carolina
Thursday, June 13, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Presented by: Henderson County Extension
Steve Pettis, Henderson County Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent will talk about butterflies, bees, green lacewings, and other 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.
Audience: Adults
Location: Henderson County Extension Center, 100 Jackson Park Road, Hendersonville 
Cost: $20.00 per individual or $35 per pair.
Registration:  Please complete the registration form posted here. Cash or check only (make checks out to Henderson Co. Coop. Ext.; mail to 100 Jackson Park Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792). Call 828.697.4891 with questions. 

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Family Fun with Pollinator
Sunday, June 16, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Presented by: Holmes Educational State Forest
Join NC Forest Rangers at Holmes Educational State Forest in Hendersonville for a Free Father’s Day Celebration. Scheduled activities will take place during the afternoon at the Pollinator Garden starting at 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15. These family oriented activities may include a relay race, obstacle course, scavenger hunt, and arts and crafts. Visit for an hour or stay all day!  We appreciate all the hard work of our volunteers and Extension Master Gardeners for helping us care for our pollinator habitat. June is a wonderful time to stop by the forest to observe the native plants and busy pollinators in the garden. The forest is open Tuesday through Friday 9am-5pm or Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm and closed on Mondays.
Audience: All ages
Location:  Holmes Educational State Forest, 1299 Crab Creek Rd, Hendersonville
Cost: Free!
Registration: RSVP is not required but call 828-692-0100 or email for more information. 
 

Gardens that matter logoGardening for Pollinators Online Education Series
Monday June 17 – Friday, June 21 at 7:00 PM
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. Add more color and life to your backyard this season!
Audience: All ages
Location: Online
Cost: Free!
Registration: None required. Sign up for reminders and additional pollinator resources here.


 logo for Hands On! childrens museumHiving Fun with the Bees 
Tuesday, June 18 - Friday, June 21, during regular Museum hours (10:00 AM- 5:00 PM)
Presented by: Hands-On! Children’s Museum
Visitors to Hands-On! Children’s Museum are invited to join in a week of bee-themed crafts and educational activities all about honey bees and other pollinators.  Plus, meet ‘Scout’ the scout bee and learn how you can help bring the rest of her swarm to Hands-On! Children’s Museum, their new hive sweet hive!
Audience:  Children of all ages
Location:  Hands-On! Children’s Museum, 318 N. Main Street, Hendersonville
Cost:  Free with the cost of admission, $8 for adults and children/free for members and children under age 1
Registration:  None required


logo for Bullington Gardens green with white flowerPollinator Walk
Wednesday, June 19, Drop by between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM 
Presented by: Bullington Gardens
Join us for a guided walk through Bullington's Pollinator Garden, identifying good pollinator plants and pollinators.
Audience: All ages
Location: Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville
Cost: Free! 
Registration: None required
 

Flat Rock park logoPollinator Garden Tour & Beekeeper Talk
Saturday, June 22, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Presented by: The Park at Flat Rock
The Park’s naturalist will give a tour of the pollinator garden and as well as the new, still developing wildflower meadow.  The Park’s beekeeper will demonstrate beekeeping tools and methods and discuss how everyone can support honey bees and other pollinators through their own actions.  
Audience:  All ages
Location: The Park at Flat Rock, 55 Highland Golf Dr, Flat Rock (Meet at the Pavilion.)
Cost: Free!
Registration: None required
 

carl sandburg national historic site linkFarm, Field and Forest: Discover Pollinators at Connemara
June 1-30, 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, 80 Carl Sandburg Lane, Flat Rock
Cost: Free! 
Registration: None required
 

bee city logo with bees on flowersPollinator Exploration Kit (Available for Loan) 
June 1-30
Presented by: City of Hendersonville - Tree Board and Environmental Sustainability Board
Calling all educators: teachers, camp counselors, home-school parents, child care professionals, summer program leaders, 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. 
Audience: Educators of all kinds 
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
Cost: Free! 
Registration: Please email  to check availability and reserve the dates you’d like to borrow the Pollinator Exploration Kit. 
 

zinnias and dahliasPollinator Seed Packet Giveaway  
June 1-30, 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 pot or patch of multi-colored zinnia flowers to help feed the bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.  Zinnias are great flowers for beginning gardeners. The seeds germinate quickly in warm soils and grow fast to the flowering stage. Once flowering, even if spent blooms aren’t removed, zinnias will continue to produce more flowers until frost. Seed packets contain 100% pure, non-GMO, neonicotinoid-free seeds guaranteed to grow by American Meadows.  For more details about zinnias, how to grow them, and which pollinators use them, please visit here.
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 pollinator events in WNC!