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National Pollinator Week & Pollinator Palooza

Join us for an un-BEE-lievably fun and educational week as we celebrate National Pollinator Week featuring Pollinator Palooza, an event filled with activities Wednesday-Sunday, June 19-23, 2019.

Learn about the importance of plants and pollinators and take advantage of great deals on pollinator plants to bee-utify your home and garden. Check out and attend one of our family-friendly, pollinator-inspired seminars, workshops or exhibits taking place throughout the week. Come see what all the buzz is about and help spread the word about what you can do to help protect and support the pollinators. A complete list of events and activities are listed below. Also, check out the video below with Garden Guru, Mike Westphal, and discover plants that support and attract pollinators to your yard.

Exhibits/Displays

  • Monarch Butterfly Tent, Independence Boulevard, Wednesday – Sunday, June 19 - 22, 9am-6pm - featuring caterpillars, adult butterflies laying eggs on milkweed, pupating chrysalises, emerging chrysalises and live butterflies.
  • White Monarch Butterfly Exhibit, Independence Boulevard, Wednesday – Saturday, June 19 - 22, 9am-6pm - your once-in-a-lifetime chance to see these extremely rare, silvery, adult monarch butterflies.
  • Honey Bee Observation Hive – Independence Boulevard, Wednesday - Saturday, June 19-22, 9am-6pm.

Activities

  • Free Butterfly Tent Feedings – Independence Boulevard, Friday & Saturday, June 21-22, 10am-2pm.
  • Thumbprint Pots Kids’ Workshop, Independence Boulevard, Saturday, June 22, 11:00am • $15.
  • Free Kids’ Seminar: How to Raise a Monarch Butterfly, Independence Boulevard, Saturday, June 22, 11:30am.
  • Pollinator Container Workshop, Independence Boulevard, Saturday, June 22, 2:00pm • $40.
  • Free Seminar: How to Attract Pollinators Independence Boulevard, Saturday, June 22, 3:00pm.

Special Promotions/Giveaways

  • Ladybug Giveaway - Independence Boulevard, Friday, June 21, 2019 - First 100 customers will receive a FREE pack of ladybugs with purchase.
  • Milkweed Seed Pack Giveaway - Independence Boulevard, Saturday, June 22 - First 200 customers will receive a FREE pack of milkweed seeds with purchase.
  • Caterpillar Cabanas Available for Purchase (includes caterpilla, milkweed & habitat) - Independence, Great Neck, Cedar Road and Colony Square Markets, Wednesday - Saturday, June 19 – 22, 9am – 6pm, (while supplies last).
  • Monarch Chrysalises Available for Purchase - Independence Boulevard, Wednesday - Saturday, June 19 – 22, 9am – 6pm (while supplies last).
  • Great Deals on Pollinator Plants, Habitats & More – all McDonald locations, Monday - Sunday, June 17 -23, 9am-6pm, (selection varies by location, while supplies last).
  • Beekeepers with Local Honey for Purchase – Independence Boulevard, Friday & Saturday, June 21-22, 10am-2pm.

In this video, Garden Guru, Mike Westphal, educates you on plants that will attract pollinators to your yard.

The Mason Bee, the Hive-less Bee

Mason Bees are friendly, non-agrgessive bees that are crucial to the pollinator community. Unlike garden-variety honeybees, mason bees are non-social creatures that nest in holes rather than in a hive with a queen. Although they don’t t make honey, they do have exceptional pollination skills. They get their name from their habit of nest-building, which is to seal off the cells where they lay their eggs with a mortar-like application of mud.

Check out this video with Garden Guru, Mike Westphal, to learn ways to encourage them to your yard and help them thrive.