Painting for Pollinators: Beecycles Mural by Matt Lively
Watch Richmond artist Matt Lively and a cohort of community volunteers transform two walls of the Conservatory’s Head House into a tribute to the bees! With a nod to the Garden’s historic roots as the Lakeside Wheel Club and located adjacent to the Bob Stapleton and Keith Apiary, the Kroger Community Kitchen Garden, and M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!, the mural is perfectly situated to bring awareness to the important connection between hardworking pollinators and the produce on our plates.
• Location: Conservatory Head House
• Dates: Monday, June 18 – Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m (Rain delay date: Sunday, June 24)
Butterflies Take Flight featuring Host of Sparrows Aerial Circus
Bring a blanket and spread out on the lawn to watch aerialists from Host of Sparrows interpret the life cycle of a blue morpho butterfly while suspended from one of the Garden’s large oak trees. Before or after the performance, visit the real blue morpho butterflies in M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! Flagler Garden Lawn, Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. (45-minute performances); Rain date: Sunday, June 24 (same time/location)
Lecture: Making More Habitat for Monarchs
Learn about the importance of making more habitat for monarchs on large swaths of land like parks, golf courses, and highways while taking away ideas for your own backyard! Presented by Marcus Gray, Director of Audubon International’s Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf, and former Executive Director for the North American Butterfly Association. Meet in the Kelly Education Center, Classroom 1.
Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m.
Citizen Science: Counting Butterflies with the North American Butterfly Association
Become a citizen scientist by participating in the North American Butterfly Association’s annual butterfly count, which occurs on July 4 across the country. In this hands-on training, learn how to take on the role of a spotter (great for kids!), a butterfly identifier, or a note taker; all skills and abilities are welcome. After a brief introduction and training, small groups will explore the Garden to count butterflies! Meet in the Kelly Education Center, Classroom 1. Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m.
Pollinator Parade, in partnership with Puppets Off Broad Street & Play Tectonics
• Description: Make a puppet resembling your favorite pollinator – will it be a butterfly, bat, or bee? Better yet, come dressed as your favorite pollinator! At 2:30 p.m., join us for a pollinator parade that will end at the Bob Stapleton & Keith Tignor Apiary near M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! Special thanks to Puppets Off Broad Street and Play Tectonics. Make a pollinator puppet from 10 a.m. – 2: 30 p.m.; Pollinator Parade starts at 2:30!
• Location: Children’s Garden Tent
• Date: Saturday, June 23 (rain date: Sunday, June 24, same time/location)
Pollinator-themed Drop-in Activities:
• Monday, June 18, 10-11 a.m. Garden Art Studio. Paint your favorite pollinator en plein air!
• Tuesday, June 19, 10 a.m. Family Walk and Talks. Meet in the Robins Visitors Center to embark on an Origami in the Garden adventure featuring the life cycle of a butterfly.
• Tuesday, June 19, 2 p.m. Pop-Up Pollinator Walk & Talk with Garden volunteer Lorrie Lincoln. No pre-registration is required for this family-friendly pop-up tour.
• Wednesday, June 20, 10 – 11:30 a.m. and Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Drop in and Dig. Meet in the Children’s Garden Farm Garden to explore plants that support pollinators.
•Thursday, June 21, Flowers After 5
• Good Green Fun, 5-6 p.m.: Meet the bees! Get up close and personal with honeybees in our observation hive and taste the fruits of their labor.
• M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! open extended hours from 5-7 p.m.
• Thursday, June 19, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. Pop-Up Pollinator Walk & Talk with Garden volunteer Lorrie Lincoln. No pre-registration is required for this family-friendly pop-up tour.
• Friday, June 22, 10-11 a.m. Storytime in the Garden. Enjoy pollinator-themed stories and activities in the Children’s Garden.