Help Celebrate Pollinator Week, June 17-23
Hillsborough residents and visitors have an opportunity to learn more about the role pollinators play in the food system and environment through participation in National Pollinator Week, June 17-23.
To highlight the week, local businesses and nonprofit organizations are working together to offer a variety of displays, special information sessions, honey tastings and pollinator-themed sales to help the community take part in recognizing the benefits of pollinators.
“We’re lucky this year to have so many weeklong and special events planned for National Pollinator Week,” said Public Space Manager Stephanie Trueblood, who helps facilitate the town’s role as a designated Bee City. “I encourage everyone to look at the calendar of events and join in the celebration!”
The week will kick off with a video and talk on Saturday, June 15, at the Orange County Main Library given by local Monarch butterfly conservationists. In addition, several places plan to have special displays and sales that will include honey-laced treats and buckwheat seed giveaways, pollinator plants and honey-colored hair highlights. The documents below provide details about the special events and offers.
“Pollinators play a crucial role in food sources not only for humans, but our wildlife as well,” said Lindsley Bowen of Carlisle and Linny Vintage Jewelry, which will display bee-themed jewelry. “We must nurture our pollinators and pollinator plants so that they are here for many generations to come. This is an important mission, and I am proud to be promoting it!”
In 2016, the Hillsborough Tree Board — an advisory board of the town — and the Hillsborough Garden Club teamed up to participate in the Bee City USA program, working to raise awareness about the role pollinators play in sustaining 75% to 95% of the world’s plant species. The town submits evidence of continuing public education and pollinator garden expansions each year to have that status renewed. Hillsborough hosts several pollinator gardens in its public spaces as well as a bee hotel in the Gold Park pollinator garden.
A Bee City subcommittee of the Hillsborough Garden Club organized this year’s events for National Pollinator Week.
“Our survival depends on the pollinating services of bees,” said Sarah Meadows, the subcommittee chair who asked many of the participating businesses and organizations to participate.
For more information about the Bee City USA designation, contact Hillsborough’s public space manager by email or by phone at 919-296-9481.