As one would expect of a town designated as a “Bee City,” Hillsborough groups, businesses and citizens are in the middle of a widespread celebration of National Pollinator Week, a period from June 17 to 23 approved by the U.S. Senate in 2008 as a week to learn about and honor pollinators.
“We’re lucky this year to have so many weeklong and special events planned for National Pollinator Week,” Public Space Manager Stephanie Trueblood, who helps facilitate the town’s role as a designated Bee City, said in a Town of Hillsborough press release. “I encourage everyone to look at the calendar of events and join in the celebration!”
The week kicked off on Saturday with a screening of “Wings of Life” and a talk with local Monarch butterfly conservationists at the Orange County Main Library. Margaret Lane Gallery also hosted an opening reception for a new “Pollinators in Art” exhibition, and the opening events wrapped up on Monday with an Orange County Master Gardener “Pollinator Paradise” presentation at Gold Park.
But the celebration isn’t over just yet. Several local businesses have implemented week-long specials in honor of bees, birds, bats and other pollinators, from a special bee-themed jewelry display at Carlisle and Linny Vintage Jewelry to honey-infused cocktails and desserts and a pollinator garden at Radius Pizza to honey-colored highlights at Haven Salon to free buckwheat seed to attract pollinators at Baily’s Bee Supply.
“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 in the press release. “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!”
There is also additional programming slated for the week, including a tour of Windsong Pollinator Garden at 1406 Spring Overlook Lane on June 22 for a $5 donation and a free seed packet craft activity at the Orange County Historical Museum on June 23.
The Pollinator Week celebration was organized by a Bee City subcommittee of the Hillsborough Garden Club. “Our survival depends on the pollinating services of bees,” Sarah Meadows, the subcommittee chair who asked many of the participating businesses and organizations to
participate, said in the release.
In 2016, the Hillsborough Tree Board joined with the
garden club to participate in the Bee City USA program by working to raise awareness about pollinators, who sustain over 75 percent of the world’s plant species.
Each year, the town submits evidence of continuing public education and pollinator garden expansions in order to have its status as a Bee City renewed. The town hosts several pollinator gardens throughout its public spaces, as well as a bee hotel in Gold Park.