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National Pollinator Week

National Pollinator Week Events; June 17-23, 2019
Included with Regular Garden Admission

Join us for a weeklong celebration of our important pollinators — bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and beetles — and the plants that support them. In addition to the special events, don’t miss a visit to M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!, a stop at the Bob Stapleton and Keith Tignor Apiary, or a leisurely stroll down the Main Garden Walk, featuring pollinator-friendly plants. We hope you leave inspired to do your small part to support a pollinator-friendly ecosystem!

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Monday, June 17, 2019
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Event Details

Pollinator-themed Activities:

Monday, June 17

10-11 a.m. Garden Art Studio. Paint your favorite pollinator en plein air!

10-11 a.m. Garden Walk – Seeing the Garden Like a Honey Bee (pre-registration required)

Tuesday, June 18

 10 a.m. Family Walk and Talks. Meet in the Robins Visitors Center to embark on an adventure to the Kroger Community Kitchen Garden where you will explore bee keeping and meet the Garden’s bees!

Wednesday, June 19, 10 – 11:30 a.m. and Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Drop in and Dig the Outdoors. Meet in the Children’s Garden Farm Garden to explore plants that support pollinators. kids gardening

Thursday, June 20, Flowers After 5 

Good Green Fun, 5-6 p.m.: Families with kids of all ages are invited to spend time in the Children’s Garden having “good green fun.”

M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! open extended hours from 5-8 p.m.

Friday, June 21, 10-11 a.m. Storytime in the Garden. Enjoy pollinator-themed stories and activities in the Children’s Garden.

Saturday, June 22

10 a.m. Pollinator-themed 30-minute Drop-in tours

11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Latin Ballet of Virginia‘s El Beso de la  Abeja (The Kiss of the Bee)

The Latin Ballet of Virginia presents excerpts of the production, “Kiss of the Bee” a celebration to the beauty of our planet and the value of bees to our livelihood.

The bees place in our world is important beyond our understanding. “They are one of the reasons, if not a main reason,” for the possibility of human development on earth. Without them, the development of life on earth, and conditions for human development may not have existed.

“No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” – Albert Einstein

Sunday, June 23,

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. What’s the Buzz? Visit the Bob Stapleton & Keith Tignor Apiary and observe our hives in action. Garden Guide Sherry Giese shares her knowledge on honeybees and beekeeping. Bring your burning bee-related questions!

11  – 11:45 a.m. Butterflies LIVE! Talk – Moths: Revealed! An exploration of the cryptic and often underappreciated cousins of butterflies: moths! We’ll talk about how moths differ from butterflies, highlight some of the wildly differing types of moths, discuss why moths are important, and we’ll even share some moth-related activities folks can do at home. Come join us as we reveal the secrets of these fascinating pollinators that hide in the shadows! Talk begins at 11 a.m., located in the Butterflies Live! exhibit.

1 – 3:30 p.m. Restoring Nature’s Relationships with Doug Tallamy All are welcome in this demonstration/lecture (pre-registration required).

Also, explore the surrounding grounds by the Conservatory and see pollinator-themed murals by Matt Lively, and Art of Play artist Nico Cathcart.