September Monthly Meeting
Planting for Pollinators – Henderson County Beekeepers Association Monthly Meeting
Monday, September 16, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Presented by: Henderson County Beekeepers Association and Bee City USA – Hendersonville
Following announcements from club officers, apiary managers, and members, Bee City USA – Hendersonville Coordinator, Kim Bailey, will present a program on creating gardens to best meet the habitat needs of honey bees, native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Using native and locally suited plants as examples, Kim will discuss specific characteristics (shape, structure, color, odor, bloom time, nectar composition, pollen traits, etc.) of flowers adapted to attract particular types of pollinators. Also learn how to support pollinators year-round and throughout their various life stages by planting host plants for local butterfly species including monarchs, swallowtails, and fritillaries; creating nesting sites for native bees; and providing overwintering habitats.
About Kim Bailey: Located along Clear Creek in Fruitland, NC, Milkweed Meadows is a 5th generation family farm. Its grassy “bottoms” once nourished cows that produced milk sold to Biltmore Dairy Farms in Asheville. Today, the meadows are yielding milk of a different kind — milkweed plants to help sustain monarch butterflies! When Kim Bailey moved to the farm in 2014, she began by growing what she knew best. As an avid wildlife habitat gardener and environmental educator for over 20 years, Kim has a passion for pollinators. She was thrilled to find three types of milkweed already thriving on the property so immediately began enhancing habitats for these species and planting host plants for other butterflies. In addition to producing milkweed, wildflowers, and heirloom vegetable seeds, Kim also cultivates an orchard full of pawpaw trees and passionfruit vines. Since 2015, she has served as coordinator of the City Hendersonville’s Bee City USA program. As part of this program’s mission to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, Kim is currently partnering with other local organizations to help bring Matt Willey (artist and founder of The Good of the Hive) to paint a larger-than-life bee mural in the heart of downtown Hendersonville.
Apiary Sessions are the third Saturday from 10-12. Come and get hands on practice with experienced beekeepers. Please use the exit coming and going and park in front of the Interpretive center.
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