Extension Pollinator Events and Gardens 2021

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Pollinator Event Title: Gardening for Pollinators Class

Date: Thursday, June 17

Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Location: Zoom class online

Description: 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, Henderson County Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent, will instruct.

Audience Served:  adults

Cost:  $10.00

Registration:  call (828) 697-4891 to register

Event Link: link will be shared via email the day of the event


Gardening in the Mountains Radio Show web

Pollinator Event Title: Gardening in the Mountains Radio Show ‘Pollinator Edition’

Date: Saturday, June 19

Time: 8–8:30 a.m.

Location: WTZQ 95.3 FM

Description: Join host Steve Pettis for a show dedicated to our six-legged friends! Beneficial insects are super important. They provide pollination services on our favorite fruits and vegetables, make honey, control pest insects, and thrill us with their colorful beauty. In his role as County Agent, Steve sees the impacts humans have on insect populations first hand and works to convince gardeners to use less pesticides and improve insect habitat.

Audience Served:  all ages

Cost: Free

Registration:  FREE

Event Link: Gardening in the Mountains


pollinator house

Pollinator Event Title: Master Gardener℠ Volunteer Pollinator Booth at the Hendersonville Farmers Market

Date: Saturday, June 5

Time: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Location: Hendersonville Farmers Market

Description: Join Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Henderson County and County Agent Steve Pettis for an educational booth dedicated to pollinators and other beneficial insects. They provide pollination services on our favorite fruits and vegetables, make honey, control pest insects, and thrill us with their colorful beauty. Master Gardeners and County Agent Steve work to convince gardeners to garden for pollinators and use less pesticides.

Audience Served:  all ages

Cost: Free

Registration:  n/a

Event Link: Hendersonville Farmers Market


sunflowers at the Bountiful Harvest Community Garden

Pollinator garden: Bountiful Harvest Community Garden Jackson Park 

Location: (just behind the Mountain Community School), Hendersonville The Bountiful Harvest Community Garden (started and managed by a group of Master Gardener Volunteers from N.C. Cooperative Extension in Henderson County) contains 40 plots dedicated to growing food and flowers. Assorted pollinator flower beds containing a variety of flowers and plants line the interior and exterior fence line and bloom from early spring to late fall, providing food and habitat for a diversity of pollinators. Drop by any time this summer and see the gardens.


dahlia garden at Bullington Gardens

Pollinator garden: Bullington Gardens

Location: 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville (grounds open year-round, 9 a.m. –4 p.m.) Boasting perennials in a range of sizes, colors, and shapes, Bullington’s pollinator garden supports and maintains pollinators by supplying food in the form of pollen, nectar, and host plants. Using a diversity of plants helps ensure butterflies, bees, and other pollinators will stay in the area to help pollinate our important fruit and agriculture crops in Henderson County. Drop by any time this summer and see the gardens.


Flat Rock Park Pollinator Garden and MeadowsPollinator garden: The Park at Flat Rock Pollinator Garden and Meadows

Location: 55 Highland Golf Drive, Flat Rock (open daily from sunrise to sunset) Visitors to The Park at Flat Rock experience a wide range of opportunities for enjoying pollinators and their habitats. The 67+ acre Park has nearly three miles of easy trails which allow visitors of all ages to experience a variety of pollinators attracted by a wide range of nectar and host plants. The Park Sponsor of The Good of the Hive bee and pollinator mural painted on the exterior wall of Hands On! Children’s Museum located within the Azalea Public Parking Lot (facing Third Ave. E. between N. Main Street and King Street) in the heart of downtown Hendersonville. includes a formal pollinator garden, maintained by local Master Gardeners, that presents plantings designed explicitly to attract and support a range of pollinators from well-known monarch butterflies to more mysterious native bees. The formal pollinator garden also includes the recent addition of two large archway arbors that showcase native vines known to support particular pollinators, such as the pipevine swallowtail butterfly. For a more “natural” experience, the Park also includes an ever-changing two-acre wildflower meadow that reflects the roles of native grasses, sedges, rushes, and flowers in providing pollinator habitat and forage. Last but not least, the Park maintains several honey bee hives that provide an opportunity for visitors to experience our most famous “managed” pollinators. Reflecting the Park’s focus on education, when the situation allows, hands-on seminars are held to instruct kids of all ages about the Park’s natural resources including pollinators and their habitats. The Park has also joined the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in hosting the Kids in Parks TRACK Trails program.


carl sandburg national historic site gardensPollinator garden: Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site – Margaret’s Garden & Pasture

Location: 1800 Little River Rd, Flat Rock 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 guide visitors to learn about the various plant and animal communities that work together at Connemara.


Flat Rock Playhouse gardensPollinator garden: Flat Rock Playhouse Gardens

Location: 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock A group of volunteers maintains and designs the gardens at the North Carolina State Theatre in Flat Rock: The Flat Rock Theatre. Four and a half acres are cultivated. In addition to all the plantings, 62 QR readers provide information on your cellphone about the different areas, from native plants found in the mountains of Western North Carolina to plants loved by our bees and butterflies. Several picnic tables and paths encourage visitors to sit awhile and enjoy the beautiful flowers.