Enhancing Pollinator Health & Habitat
The Hendersonville Tree Board funds and coordinates plantings to improve pollinator habitat. The following projects were completed in 2017.
Mar. 10 – Hyman Heights NeighborWoods Project–With snow flying, 35 trees were distributed to and planted by residents of Hyman Heights who had signed up for the NeighborWoods Project. Hendersonville Times-News reporter was there and did a great job with the article in Sunday’s paper. It was also in Hendersonville Lightening newspaper, among other print, radio, and on-line sites. As usual, Wes Burlingame was a hit with his thorough and entertaining how-to-plant-a-tree lessons. Thanks to Ken Fitch, volunteer photographer, and Suzanne Hale for coordination of the project.
Mar. 25 — Monarch/Pollinator Bed Planting, Oklawaha Greenway–The pre-event preparation paid off when 11 volunteers showed up to assist on Saturday. Tools were available, locations for plants were marked, water was brought in, and the whole thing went like clockwork on a perfect morning for planting.
Oct. 14 — Plant replacement trees at Lennox Park, Library, and Bearcat Loop, and tree planting at Keith Park in Druid Hills.
Oct. 28 — NeighborWoods Project, Druid Hills Historic District–Delivery of trees and planting demo provided for residents of this district who placed tree orders for their yards and streetscapes through the NeighborWoods program.
Policies & Practices
The Hendersonville Tree Board is responsible for an official street tree species list, comprised of three groups of trees – small trees, medium trees and large trees. No trees other than those included in the list may be planted as street trees without the permission of the Tree Board. The list also includes information about appropriate trees for planting under or near utility lines, information about native species, and information about pollinator friendly species (trees, shrubs, and plants).
Education & Outreach
The Hendersonville Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) is responsible for Bee City USA education and outreach activities. Together with their partners, ESB conducted the following educational events and presentations in 2017.
Tabling at Events & Festivals
Throughout the year, Hendersonville Bee City USA partnered with the Henderson County Beekeepers Association to offer an exhibit featuring an observation bee hive, live monarch butterfly caterpillar “petting zoo” (in season), display of currently blooming pollinator-friendly plants, Bee City USA brochures, information about creating pollinator habitat, free black-eyed susan seed packets, at the following local festivals and events. The largest of these, the annual Apple Festival, draws approximately 200,000 attendees.
Saturday, April 22 Cider Jam – Downtown Hendersonville
Saturday, April 27 Johnson Farm Spring Festival – Historic Johnson Farm
Saturday – Sunday, May 27 – 28 Garden Jubilee – Downtown Hendersonville
Friday – Sunday, September 1 – 3 Apple Festival – Downtown Hendersonville
Saturday, October 7 Farm City Day – Jackson Park
Pollinator Month Presentations (June 2017)
In 2017, Hendersonville Bee City USA expanded from Pollinator Week to feature a full month of activities. A proclamation by Mayor Volk at the June City Council meeting, two radio interviews, and numerous press announcements were used to promote the following 19 events involving over 20 partner organizations.
Bee Sweet to Pollinators at Season’s at Highland Lake June 1-30, open 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM for lunch, Wed. – Sat. and 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM for dinner, Wed. – Sun. Presented by: Season’s at Highland Lake Did you know 1 in every 3 bites you take is thanks to a pollinator? Dine out and get to know a little more about who pollinates and helps produce your food, from honey bees to squash bees, bumble bees, blueberry bees, orchard bees, moths, butterflies, bats, hummingbirds, beetles, and more! To celebrate pollinators during the entire month of June, Season’s at Highland Lake will be featuring a delectable dessert made with local honey. Plus, you’ll be doing something sweet for pollinators as 20% of sales of this special dessert will be donated to Bee City USA to help create healthy pollinator habitats. Don’t miss the opportunity to also stroll through the restaurant’s own organic gardens, enjoy bountiful blooms, and observe the beauty of pollination in action. Audience: All ages Location: Season’s at Highland Lake, 87 Lily Pad Lane, Flat Rock, Cost: The price of your meal and dessert
Propagation Workshop Thursday, June 1, 1:00 – 4:30 PM Presented by: Bullington Gardens Nurseryman Wes Burlingame will teach basic plant propagation methods in this hands-on workshop that will include seed, cuttings and division of woody ornamentals and perennials. Location: Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville Audience: Adults Cost: $25
Observation Hive / Bee the Change You Want to See! Saturday, June 3, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Presented by: B.B. Barns Garden Center Stop by to meet members of the Henderson County Beekeepers Association and learn all about honey bee hives. See if you can identify the queen bee! The observation hive and many informational pamphlets will be available. In addition, the B.B. Barns Garden-Gift-Landscape Services Team will be celebrating pollinators by wearing antennae, wings, and “Bee the Change You Want to See” T-shirts. Be sure to place your name in a drawing for a jar of local honey and a B.B. Barns gift certificate plus pick up a recipe card for the best honey cupcake with lavender frosting. Shop for bee decals, butterfly watering stations, and pollinator friendly plants including the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year™, Asclepias tuberosa, a native milkweed also known as butterfly weed. Not only do butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds flock to its flowers for nectar, it serves as a host plant for monarchs. Location: B.B. Barns Garden Center, 3377 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden Audience: All ages Cost: Free!
Flowers Are Bee-Loved: How to Plant Your Own Pollinator Paradise Saturday, June 3, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Presented by: B.B. Barns Garden Center & Bee City USA Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are in trouble and the perfect people to help them are gardeners! Founder and Director of the national program Bee City USA, Phyllis Stiles, will provide some brief background on pollinator decline and share ways gardeners can transform their yard into a pollinator paradise. The talk will provide specific information about choosing plants to attract a diversity of pollinators. Q&A will take place on a tour of the Annual and Perennial Departments where you will find plants identified as pollinator friendly. Handouts will be provided. Don’t miss this amazing seminar with the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign’s 2015 Pollinator Advocate for the United States, Phyllis Stiles! Location: B.B. Barns Garden Center, 3377 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden Audience: All ages Cost: $10 donation to Bee City USA Asheville (Asheville GreenWorks)
Introduction to Beekeeping Sunday, June 4, 2:00 – 3:30 PM Presented by: Henderson County Beekeepers Association, Veterans Healing Farm, and Organic Growers School 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. It is supported by Organic Growers School (OGS), the premiere provider of practical and affordable organic education in the Southern Appalachians. OGS is building a vibrant food and farming community by boosting the success of organic home growers and farmers in our region. Audience: Middle school age to adults. Location: Veterans Healing Farm, Hendersonville. Cost: $10 suggested donation to Veterans Healing Farm
Gardening for Pollinators Online Education Series June 5-9, 12:00 – 12:20 PM AND June 9, 9:00 – 10:30 PM Presented by: Gardens That Matter Garden educator Amy Landers will share a short daily lesson about gardening for pollinators via Facebook live video. On Friday evening, join her for an in-depth discussion and live Q&A about pollinator-friendly plants and practices. Location: Online at www.facebook.com/gardensthatmatter/videos Audience: All Cost: Free
Plant-Pollinator Interactions – Presentation & Book Signing by Tim Spira Tuesday, June 6, 6:00 – 7:30 PM Presented by: Hendersonville Tree Board and Environmental Sustainability Board Have you ever wondered why there is such an incredible diversity of flower shapes, sizes, colors, and fragrances in nature? In this presentation, botanist Tim Spira will discuss how plant-pollinator interactions have been an important evolutionary force generating the diversity of flowers that we see (and enjoy) in nature. Along the way, you’ll gain an increased appreciation for the many interesting interactions among plants and their pollinators in the natural world. Tim Spira is a plant ecologist, native plant gardener, and professor emeritus of botany at Clemson University where he taught field botany and plant ecology for more than 20 years. Tim’s research specialty is the reproductive biology of plants with an emphasis on plant-pollinator interactions. He is the author of two recent books: Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia (2011) and Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians: Thirty Great Hikes (2015), University of North Carolina Press. Tim will be available to sign books at a reception following the presentation.Location: City Operations Center (Assembly Room), 305 Williams Street, Hendersonville Audience: Adults Cost: Free!
Pollinators and Their Plants on the Farm Wednesday, June 7, 10 AM – 11:30 AM Presented by Green River Preserve Green River Preserve is a summer camp located on the gorgeous banks of the Green River and specializes in reconnecting children with nature and all its wonders. The Green River Preserve Farm encourages learners both young and old to see farms as ecosystems as well, and to understand how our interactions with our food and where it comes from affect the natural world. We employ a variety of sustainability measures on the farm, with lots of pollinator habitat, and we keep bees! Come join us as we take a guided hike around the farm to see how the plants that grow on a small farm like this one attract, benefit, and are aided by various native pollinators. And you just might get to go home with a plant, yourself! Location: Green River Preserve Farm, 6371 Green River Rd, Zirconia, NC Cost: $5 suggested donation Audience: All ages
Lewis Creek Preserve Nature Walk Thursday, June 8, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Presented by: MountainTrue and Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy Lewis Creek Preserve is an eight-acre preserve protected and managed by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy. 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!
Pollinator Relay Saturday, June 10, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Presented by: Holmes Educational State Forest We will observe the flowering activity in the HESF Pollinator Garden/Monarch Waystation, play an interactive pollinator bee relay game and make a butterfly craft. Location: Holmes Educational State Forest, 1299 Crab Creek Road, Hendersonville Audience: Families with small children Cost: Free!
Oklawaha Greenway Non-Native Invasive Plant Removal Thursday, June 15, 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 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. 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!
Introduction to Beekeeping Saturday, June 17, 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!
Blue Ghost Summer Education Series: Bring on the Butterflies! (And the Beer!) Sunday, June 18, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM Presented by: Blue Ghost Brewing Company, Hendersonville Bee City USA, and Asheville Greenworks Come celebrate Father’s Day by enjoying delicious hand-crafted beer, listening to music under the oak, and learning some natural history while you’re at it! Stemming from our love of nature and background in biology and education, Blue Ghost Brewing is pleased to partner with the certified Bee City USA communities of Hendersonville and Asheville to present this fun-filled day celebrating pollinators. Crafts and games for the kiddos and a pollinator-themed menu from Olive Catering Company will be offered throughout the day. At 3 PM, Kim Bailey from Bee City USA will share the fascinating life cycle and migration story of monarchs plus give tips for inviting these winged wonders into your own backyard. Learn what other butterflies you can also attract just by growing the right plants and creating healthy habitats. Discover how hops vines and a stale beer concoction (in the rare case you may ever have any stale beer) can help lure in even more fluttery friends! Please visit www.blueghostbrewing.com for a complete schedule of the day’s events. A portion of the sales this day will be donated to Bee City USA. Location: Blue Ghost Brewing Company, 125 Underwood Road, Fletcher Audience: All ages including families/kids Cost: The price of your beer and/or food.
Catch the Buzz at West First June 19 – June 24, open 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM for lunch and 5:00 – 9:00 or 9:30 PM for dinner, Mon. – Sat. Presented by: West First: Did you know 1 in every 3 bites you take is thanks to a pollinator? Stop by West First and get to know a little more about who pollinates and helps produce your food, from honey bees to squash bees, bumble bees, blueberry bees, orchard bees, moths, butterflies, bats, hummingbirds, beetles, and more! Plus, you can help protect pollinators, one pint at a time! 5% of each beer sold during National Pollinator Week (June 19 – 24) will be donated to Bee City USA to help keep pollinators buzzing, humming, and fluttering!
Audience: Adults, age 21 and up.Location: West First Wood-Fired, 101 1st Ave W, Hendersonville, Cost: The price of your beer(s)
Celebrate Pollinators at Flat Rock Village Bakery Monday, June 19 – Sunday, June 25, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Presented by: Flat Rock Village Bakery Did you know 1 in every 3 bites you take is thanks to a pollinator? Stop by Flat Rock Village Bakery and get to know a little more about who pollinates and helps produce your food, from honey bees to squash bees, bumble bees, blueberry bees, orchard bees, moths, butterflies, bats, hummingbirds, beetles, and more! Pollinator artwork will be on display all month, but be sure to also visit during National Pollinator Week (June 19 – 25) to taste special menu items featuring honey and/or ingredients dependent on pollinators. Plus, you’ll be giving back to pollinators as a portion of sales of featured bakery items during this week will be donated to help create healthy pollinator habitats. Audience: All ages Locations: Flat Rock Village Bakery, 2710 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock Cost: The price of your meal or pastry item
Pollination Celebration at Flat Rock Farmers Market, Thursday, June 22, 3:00 – 6:00 PM Presented by: Flat Rock Farmers Market, Hendersonville Bee City USA, Bee Masters Farm, and Natives, by George! Stop by the Flat Rock Farmers Market for a special bonus! In observance of Bee City USA’s Pollinator Month and National Pollinator Week, you’ll find the normal 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 afternoon than appreciating the people and pollinators working together to produce the splendid flowers and fruits that feed us in so many ways?! Visit Bee City USA’s Pollination Celebration booth to learn more about pollinators; purchase local honey; meet local beekeepers; buy some pollinator-friendly plants for your garden; make your own pair of bee, butterfly or other pollinator antennae; and more! Audience: All ages Location: Flat Rock Farmers Market, Little Rainbow Row Parking Lot, 2764 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock
Pollinator Safari at Oklawaha Greenway Saturday, June 24, 10:00 – 11:30 AM Presented by: Hendersonville Tree Board and Hendersonville Environmental Sustainability Board Join the Bee City USA safari guides for a chance to see and learn about the wide diversity of pollinators that thrive in the Greenway’s flowering meadows. We’ll be on the lookout for various types of butterflies, native bees, beetles, and other species as we witness spectacles of pollination, predation, reproduction, competition, deception, and adaptation taking place right before our eyes. Come join the adventure! Location: Oklawaha Greenway Berkeley Rd. Parking Area (located on Berkeley Rd. close to the bridge over Mud Creek), Hendersonville Audience: All ages Cost: Free!
Farm, 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: No fee for the trail guide or to enter the park.
Winged Wonders: Step into the World of Butterflies, June 1-30, open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Presented by: The North Carolina Arboretum See the miracle of metamorphosis before your very eyes. On display inside the Baker Exhibit Center Greenhouse, Winged Wonders is an indoor butterfly exhibit featuring a chrysalis-rearing chamber and a walk-through butterfly house where visitors can meet a whole host of local butterfly species, including monarchs, swallowtails and more. Audience: All ages Location: The North Carolina Arboretum, Baker Exhibit Center, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville Cost: The North Carolina Arboretum does not charge a per person admission, only a parking fee: $14 for personal vehicles ($7 on Tuesday, June 6)
Pollinator Month is coordinated by Hendersonville Bee City USA (a program of the City of Hendersonville Tree Board and Environmental Sustainability Board. Special thanks go to MountainTrue for event sponsorship and to the following event presenters and partners: Hendersonville Community Co-Op , Henderson County Beekeepers Association , Henderson County Environmental Advisory Committee , MountainTrue , Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy , Holmes Educational State Forest , Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site , Bullington Gardens , Bee Masters Farm , Veterans Healing Farm , Organic Growers School , Gardens That Matter , Flat Rock Farmers Market , B.B. Barns Garden Center , Blue Ghost Brewing Company , Flat Rock Village Bakery , West First Wood-Fired , Season’s at Highland Lake , North Carolina Arboretum , Asheville GreenWorks (home of Bee City USA-Asheville)
Other Workshops & Presentations
April 3-6 – Bee City USA Certified Pollinator Advocate Course, Flat Rock, NC
May 11-13 – University of Georgia / Young Harris Beekeeping Institute: Young Harris, GA: Creating Monarch Habitats (Bees Love It Too!) – Things you can do to improve the plight of butterflies (and bees) on your property. AND Creating Nesting Sites for Native Bees – Wild bees need more than gardens. Simple nest sites you can provide for pollinators in your backyard.
June 27 – Flight of the Butterflies Screening at The Collider, Asheville, NC: In partnership with Bee City USA – Asheville and as part of the local “Pollination Celebration!” The Collider will screen the documentary, Flight of the Butterflies, described as “a natural history epic, a compelling detective story, and a scientific adventure at its best,” following the year-long annual migration cycle of the monarch butterflies. The award-winning production team filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico in 2011 and 2012, and along their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico. The movie will be followed by a discussion led by environmental educator and Bee City USA board member Kim Bailey, who first visited the monarch butterfly overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico in 2002 and has since co-led several trips to the area.
August 2-Bee City USA Webinar – Monarchs & Milkweeds 101: Targeted at Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA affiliates, this 1-hour webinar will cover the basic biology of monarch butterflies and their only host plants, the milkweeds; and commonly asked questions about monarchs and milkweeds (and answers!).
August 3-Balsam Mountain Trust Talk, Balsam Mountain Preserve, Sylva, NC: Join Kim Bailey, local monarch butterfly expert, as she takes you on a journey in the life of this charismatic insect. Kim has worked with monarchs for over 20 years and has visited their overwintering sites in Mexico 9 times. She owns Milkweed Meadows Farm in Hendersonville where she grows food for humans and butterflies alike. We think it’s a pretty magical place! Kim will share her up close and personal experiences with these animals as well as what we can do to help protect them.
September 27-American Association of University Women (AAUW) Garden Study Group, Pollinator Walk Along the Oklawaha Greenway, Hendersonville, NC
November 7-9: Monarch Joint Venture Annual Partnership Meeting, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
Hendersonville Tree Board Presentations
Feb.27 – How To Control Pesky Invasive Plant Species on Your Property. 6 p.m., Henderson County Library auditorium.
May 5 – Arbor Day Celebration. Students at Mountain Community School participated, presenting an energetic tribute to Arbor Day and trees and enthusiastically helping to plant the Scarlet Oak. All officials were there, representing City, NC Forest Service, Four Seasons Rotary, etc. Media coverage of the event through photos and videos in the Times-News was extensive.
Sept 23 – Reduce and Control Your Storm Water Problems With Landscaped Trees and Plants. 10 a.m., Hendersonville Community Co-op. Michael Huffman, Hendersonville Storm Water Quality Specialist, will present the program he shared with the Tree Board earlier, and Wes B. will do a walkabout to view the Co-op’s bio-retention pond landscaping and show attendees the “real deal.”
Oct. 7 – Walks and Talks Along Oklawaha Greenway: Guided Tree Walk, 10 a.m. Meet at the pavilion in Patton Park, near the basketball courts. Co-sponsored with Friends of the Oklawaha.
Henderson County Beekeepers Association “External Communications Committee” Presentations
Hendersonville Bee City USA works in close partnership with the Henderson County Beekeepers Association (HCBA). In 2017, HCBA members provided the following presentations:
Thursday, April 13-Daughters of the American Revolution Meeting
Friday, April 14-Career Day at Sugarloaf Elementary School
Monday, June 26-Cub Scout Camp at Atkinson Elementary
Wednesday, July 26-Pollinator Walk Along Oklawaha Greenway, Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County / Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway, Hendersonville
Wednesday, September 20-Hendersonville Middle School Life Skills/Cooking Class – “Honey Bees & Cooking with Honey”
Thursday, September 21-Heritage Day at Atkinson Elementary’s Camp Pinnacle
Friday, September 29-Hendersonville Middle School – Ms. Rolfe’s Science Class Bee Project
Friday, October 27-Thanks to Farmers Day at Mills River Elementary School
November-The Salvation Army of Henderson County – Bees/Beekeeping Presentation