Join Tryon Palace in celebrating National Pollinator Week, June 18-24. Throughout the week, learn about how to help pollinators thrive at free pollinator-themed events at Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center. Meet the bees in the observation hive at the North Carolina History Center, learn about pollinators at tours, lectures, and movies throughout the week, and take home some information and items for your own use. All of these events are free, and sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation.
Pollinator Garden Tours: Tour the Palace gardens and find out our favorite pollinator plants. Pollinator tours are led by Hadley Cheris, Gardens and Greenhouse Manager and local beekeeper, Tryon Palace. During the tours, Cheris will discuss her favorite pollinator plants and the pollinators those plants attract. The tour will also show how Tryon Palace has begun creating its very own pollinator prairie, and the benefits we receive from our honey bee hives. All tours begin at 10 a.m. at the Tryon Palace Waystation at the corner of George and Pollock streets. Tours will be held Monday (6/18), Wednesday (6/20), and Friday (6/22).
Lecture – “Monarch Butterflies” with River Bend Community Organic Garden: Learn about the role monarch butterflies play in pollination. Discover how to create your own monarch garden and how to know you’re brining butterflies! Join Tryon Palace and the River Bend Community Organic Garden at the North Carolina History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall, Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m.
Movie – “Disneynature – Wings of Life:” Join Tryon Palace as we view a free screening of the Disneynature studio’s film exploring butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats, and moths that pollinate a third of the world’s food supply. This film will be free to the public in the North Carolina History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall, Saturday, June 23, at 2 p.m.
Tryon Palace started keeping honey bee hives in March 2013. The pollinator program and hives are being supervised by the Gardens and Greenhouse department, with Cheris as the beekeeper maintaining the hives. In 2018, Tryon Palace’s hives grew from two to four, and the Palace has the hope of expanding to the historic six hives that Governor William Tryon was recorded as having.
Tryon Palace was awarded a Duke Energy Foundation grant for its pollinator program in January 2018. This grant has allowed the Palace to expand its offerings for National Pollinator Week with take-home seeds, informational materials, and a screening of the Disneynature film. The grant has also allowed Tryon Palace to expand their pollinator programming with the purchase of pollinator curriculum that will be incorporated into the Garden Sprouts school groups tours and the “Passport to Pollination” summer camp.
Looking forward, Tryon Palace is excited about expanding its pollinator programming. “We look forward to adding more events to celebrate pollinators throughout the year,” Cheris said. “We’re working on creating our very own pollinator prairie garden so that visitors can see the idea in practice and implement similar things in their own yards. With the growth in our Tryon Palace apiary, we’re even hoping to supply Tryon Palace honey in our Museum Store, as well as our regular honey sale at the Tryon Palace Fall Plant Sale in October.”
For more information about Tryon Palace’s National Pollinator Week events, please visit Tryonpalace.org/NationalPollinatorWeek
Upcoming events at Tryon Palace include:
Fife & Drum Summer Camp – June 18 – 22
Submitted by: Regina A. Ochoa, Director of Public Affairs, Tryon Palace