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Bees take center stage at Garden Jubilee, pollinator-friendly plant sale underway now

Bees take center stage at Garden Jubilee, pollinator-friendly plant sale underway now
The local Bee City USA chapter set up at Sideways Farm and Brewery in Etowah to showcase a plethora of pollinator-friendly plants, honey-based products, eco-friendly gear, pollinator-themed note cards designed by local school children, and other related items. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The Bees were all the buzz last weekend in Hendersonville at the annual Garden Jubilee celebration.

The local Bee City USA chapter set up at Sideways Farm and Brewery in Etowah to showcase a plethora of pollinator-friendly plants, honey-based products, eco-friendly gear, pollinator-themed note cards designed by local school children, and other related items.

Sideways Brewery, one of the few breweries in the nation using honey instead of corn sugar to add carbonation to their bottles of small batch artisan brews, served an appropriate location for Bee City USA-Hendersonville to continue fundraising efforts for the Bee Mural initiative.

Sales from the event support on-going fundraising efforts for the “Bring the Hive Alive!” Bee Mural Project. The larger-than-life mural is planned to be painted on an exterior wall of Hand’s On! Children’s Museum in downtown Hendersonville in October and November.

Bee City USA Pollinator-Friendly Plant Sale Now Underway

In addition, an online plant sale with contact-free curbside plant pick-up locations is now available. The sale specializes in plants that are popular for pollinator gardens as well as hard-to-find native and/or locally suitable species. Additional items are available, as well, including bee-happy note cards (created by the “Honey Bees” kindergarten class at FernLeaf Community Charter School), local honey, bee cabins/hotels for the garden, “Bring the Hive Alive!” crowd-funding donor reward packages, and more. For more details or to make a purchase, click here.

Where Will The Bee Mural Be?

A larger-than-life bee mural will be painted on the exterior walls at Hands On! Children’s Museum building, facing Azalea parking lot in downtown Hendersonville (along Third Ave. between Main St. and King St.) This project helps extend the children’s museum’s mission of inspiring creativity and wonder through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) to the entire community, and adds to the art appeal of downtown’s ArtScape banners, colorful bears, and the large handsome mosaic nature scene all of which make downtown Hendersonville a family-friendly arts destination. It also gives a significant nod to our community’s agricultural businesses, acknowledging that honey bees and other pollinators are important to our economy and heritage.

Who Will Paint The Mural?

Artist Matthew Willey, with a 25-year career of painting murals, has been hired to paint the mural. He founded The Good of the Hive as a personal commitment to hand-paint 50,000 honey bees in murals around the world. Through art and imagination, his work inspires curiosity and awareness about the importance of honey bees and other pollinators while celebrating the power in human connection. During the weeks it will take to paint the mural this fall, Matt purposefully involves viewers, thus becoming a pollinator educator as well as a painter.

Community Support Encouraged

Hands On! Children’s Museum is hosting an online crowd-funding campaign for the Bee Mural Project with “Bring the Hive Alive!” rewards donated by local organizations and businesses. Supporter levels range from $25 to $100 and include thank-you gifts such as jars of local honey from the Henderson County Beekeepers Association, stickers from The Good of the Hive, honey bee window clings from Hendersonville’s Bee City USA affiliate, and enrollment in the “How to Grow a Pollinator Café” online course from Gardens That Matter. To view the complete list of donor gifts and choose your donation level, please visit https://handsonwnc.org/hive or text “buzz” to 44321.

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