Pollinator Week

hummingbird feeding on red flowers

National Pollinator Week is a celebration of the amazing creatures—butterflies, bees, birds, beetles and more—that form the backbone of our natural and agricultural ecosystems. It’s a great time to learn about these animals, the valuable work that they do, and many challenges they face as their populations decline, as well as observe them in action and share your discoveries with others. The celebration takes place on the last full week in June each year (June 20-26 in 2022).

Here are some links and resources featuring insects and other pollinators, along with many of the plants they depend upon for survival.

Virtual Presentation

Book cover for "The Pollinator Victory Garden," with a bee on yellow flowers

The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline
Thursday, June 23, 7-8:30 p.m. 

Online presentation with author Kim Eierman, founder of EcoBeneficial LLC and horticulture instructor at New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and several others.

Sponsored by the Friends of Duke Gardens membership program, with in-kind support from Bee Downtown, Triangle Land Conservancy and Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.

Review from Dr. Douglas Tallamy, author of "Bringing Home Nature" and "Nature's Best Hope":

"Leave it to Kim Eierman to come up with a unique call to action - one that worked in the past when our society was threatened by war, and one that will work again to defeat the very real threat of pollinator declines. Kim has thought of everything with a truly comprehensive guide to improving the lot of our pollinators at home. Make a Pollinator Victory Garden and join the effort to save our most essential creatures!"

Fee: $12. Members of Duke Gardens, TLC & Ellerbe Creek receive a 20% discount at registration. Discounts available with membership discount codes, emailed to members seasonally.

RegistrationClick here for more information and to register.

Local Events

  • Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Pollinator Day event at the Museum of Life + Science. Come chat with the Blomquist Garden team at the North Carolina Pollinator Conservation Alliance booth.  
  • Tuesday through Friday, June 21-24, the Terrace Shop at Duke Gardens will have a special pop-up Pollinator Plant Sale. (The Terrace Shop is closed Monday for the university's Juneteenth holiday.)
  • Saturday, June 25, 9:30-11:45: Pollinator themed drop-in activities for all ages at Duke Gardens (info here)

Garden Talk Columns

Collaborative Science Projects

Join these collaborative science projects (also called citizen science) to help researchers learn about local pollinators!

Additional Resources

North Carolina Pollinator Alliance  (including webinars June 21, 22 & 23 at 1 p.m.)
BEE Downtown 
Chatham Mills “Pollinator Paradise” Garden Links and Info  by N.C. Extension Agent Debbie Roos 
Pollinator Central at the North Carolina Botanical Garden 
Bee ID Guide from the Pollinator Partnership  
The Pollinator Partnership

Duke Gardens Videos

More Videos

"Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden" (JC Raulston Arboretum)
"Pollinator Plants for the Home Garden" (JC Raulston Arboretum) 
"Virtual Garden Tour" (N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County)

Photo of hummingbird with bee balm flowers (Monarda didyma ‘Jacob Kline’) by Sarah Reuning.