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Tryon Palace to Celebrate Pollinator Week

A lecture on monarch butterflies will be at 10 a.m. June 23 as part of Tryon Palace’s National Pollinator Week celebration. Photo: Extension Master Gardeners

NEW BERN — Learn about the key role pollinators play June 18-24 during Tryon Palace’s National Pollinator Week celebration.

The state historic site will show how pollinators thrive during several free pollinator-themed events at Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center.

There will be an opportunity to meet the bees in the observation hive at the history center, learn about pollinators at tours, lectures and movies throughout the week, and take home information and items. All free, the events are sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation.

Events include the following:

  • Pollinator Garden Tours: Tours will be at 10 a.m. June 18, June 20 and June 22 and at the Tryon Palace Waystation at the corner of George and Pollock streets. The tours are led by Hadley Cheris, gardens and greenhouse manager and beekeeper for the palace. During the tours, Cheris will discuss her favorite pollinator plants and the pollinators those plants attract. The tour will also show how the palace has been working to create a pollinator prairie and the benefits of honey bee hives.
  • “Monarch Butterflies” with River Bend Community Organic Garden Lecture: Learn about the role monarch butterflies play in pollination and discover how to create your own monarch garden. The event is at 10 a.m. June 3 in the North Carolina History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall.
  • “Disneynature – Wings of Life” Movie: The free film that begins at 2 p.m. June 23 explores butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and moths that pollinate a third of the world’s food supply. The film will be shown in the North Carolina History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall.

Tryon Palace began with two honey bee hives in March 2013, adding two more in 2018. The intention is to expand to the historic six hives that Gov. William Tryon was recorded to have.

Tryon Palace was awarded a Duke Energy Foundation grant for its pollinator program in January 2018, which allowed the palace to expand its National Pollinator Week program by offering take-home seeds, informational materials and a screening of the Disneynature film. The grant also allowed the palace to purchase a pollinator curriculum to be incorporated into children’s programming.

“We look forward to adding more events to celebrate pollinators throughout the year,” Cheris said in a statement. “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.”

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