It’s a Pollinators’ Paradise This Summer at the Garden

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden to Open Two Major Seasonal Exhibitions on May 26

BELMONT, N.C. – It’s a pollinators’ paradise this summer as Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden opens two major seasonal exhibitions that celebrate the importance, beauty and majesty of pollinators.

Caterpillars, chrysalides and butterflies are the stars of the show in the Garden’s Butterfly Bungalow, a 2,100-square-foot enclosure in which the Garden has created the ideal environment in which they can flourish. Mere feet away, birds, bees, beetles and even snails share the spotlight in the Garden’s very first mini golf course of playful, pollinator-themed holes.

After exploring the Garden’s annual beds that feature many pollinator favorites, guests can make their way to the Bungalow, abundant in fluttering butterflies native to North Carolina and a colorful display of their favorite plants. They can explore the life cycle of a butterfly and witness metamorphosis before their very own eyes. Guest will learn all about the species of butterflies in Southern Piedmont backyards and how to best attract these stunning, nectar-loving insects.

Then, created by local students, artists and designers, Pollinator Putting is art you can play. It’s a full 18 holes of miniature golf featuring the importance of pollinators. Wind, water and humans all play a part in pollination as illustrated in three fun-filled holes designed and produced by students at Gaston Day School. A tricky beehive, the elusive squash bee and even chipmunks challenge golfers on three holes produced by students at the Highland School of Technology.

But adults got in on the fun, too. Belmont designer Craig McCausland asked for help to “Pollinate the Daisy” and presents a “Hummingbird Windmill.” Artist Zoe Ranucci of Good Dharma Designs offered designs that include the occasional pollinator, the awlsnail, and much more. Designs also came from AR workshop, Sproutycakes Bakery and Ashley McAllister.

For a look at photos, designs, models and a 3D video model CLICK HERE.  The Garden will add photos as holes are installed. A complete list of designers and Pollinators’ Paradise Fun Facts can also be found there.

“The whole process of pollination is fascinating,” said Colleen O’Donnell, the Garden’s Director of Education, “and it’s incredibly important to our world. Pollinators add billions of dollars to the global economy along with agricultural production in the United States.”

“People also seem to have this great connection to butterflies, which are extremely important to the process of pollination,” she said. “In addition, their life cycle, metamorphosis as well as their form and function are well worth hours of study.”

In addition to the butterfly habitat, the Garden will present ongoing programming related to butterflies. When visiting guests can expect docents to point out butterfly eggs, larvae and even young butterflies emerging from their chrysalides on a regular basis. Many activities will take place on the opening weekend, sponsored by PNC, on May 26 and 27.

Special activities will be offered all week June 18 through 24 for National Pollinator Week. A day for homeschooled students is planned for June 27. A class on photographing butterflies is scheduled for July 29. Advance registration is required. Dr. Angel Hjarding, Pollinators & Wildlife Habitat Program Director at the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, will present a talk on ‘Pollinator Conservation’ on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. during the Garden’s Thursday night Sip & Stroll event. Guest can register for programs at www.DSBG.org.

Pollinator Putting is offered free of charge with regular garden admission. Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors 60+, and $6.95 for children 2-12. Butterfly Bungalow admission costs an additional $3 for non-members or $2 for members. Photographers and their monopods can gain early entry Wednesdays June 6 through Aug. 24 for one hour from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. by booking reservations in advance. The cost is $30 for non-members and $21 for members. At other times, only hand-held cameras are allowed. To inquire about exclusive packages for 20 people or more call 704-829-1294. For more information, visit www.DSBG.org.

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