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Welcome!  The Hillsborough Garden Club, the oldest surviving garden club in North Carolina. This website features our distinguished history, as well as the many exciting events that members of the Club support and foster. Over the past few months, despite the necessary restrictions required for COVID-19, the Hillsborough Garden Club has been quite active! Scroll down to review our highlights!

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I pledge to protect and conserve the natural resources of the planet earth and promise to promote education, so we may become better caretakers of our air, water, forest, land and wildlife. 

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Hillsborough Garden Club

Pollinator Week

June 18-26, 2022

see schedule of events below


History and Purpose


Fourteen years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration, promoting the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles, moths, wasps, and flies.


National Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated internationally in support of pollinator health. It's a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them.


Schedule of Events & Resources



June 18, 9am-1pm Free educational tour of

Tammy Dorfman’svegetable and pollinator gardens;

gain informationand hands-on examples on how to

help pollinators by growing vegetables and native plants.


Location: 3407 East Thomasview Dr, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Street parking available  

Plan to wear comfortable shoes

Rain or Shine

Children welcome!

No pets (unless guide dog)

Not wheelchair or walker accessible




June 25, 9am-4pm2nd Annual family friendly

Bee Photo Scavenger Hunt will be held in designated

town parks; Teams will be awarded native pollinator

plants as prizes. Rules will be posted on the

Hillsborough Garden Club web page. 

Bee Hunt Rules Download

or scroll down for complete rules



Month of JuneOrange County Library will have Bee/butterfly book displays, free Wildflower of the Year seeds and pollinator gardening handouts.


June 20-26 - Free Wildflower of the Year Seed pamphlets from the NC Botanical Gardens will be distributed at five downtown locations: Orange County Library, Historical Museum, Gro-Smart, Margaret Lane Gallery and Carlisle and Linny Vintage Jewelry.

Other activities TBA.



Bee Identifying Guide

5 Things Kids Can Do To Help Pollinators

7 Things You Can Do For Pollinators

Ecoregional Planting Guide

Contact: Sarah Meadows


We hope that you consider joining us!

For more information, please see our Contact page or send an email to:

The 2nd Annual Great Hillsborough Pollinator Week “Bee Hunt"

June 25, 2022
Sponsored by the Hillsborough Garden Club


 Need a reason to get your kids and family out of the house for a free fun activity on the last Saturday in June?  To celebrate the importance of bees and other pollinators, the Hillsborough Garden Club invites you to join our Rain or Shine “Bee Photo Hunt.” One day only. All ages welcome.  You and your team will search in designated town parks (see list below) for hidden bee and beehive signs and take their picture, then email the photos to win prizes! Prizes will be pollinator plants that will attract bees, butterflies and other endangered pollinators to your yard, patio or garden. 


On the night of Friday, June 24, we will hide 35 bee and beehive signs in certain Hillsborough town parks; some will be easy to find, some harder to find! They are all numbered (1-35), so starting at 9am on June 25, go for a walk around the parks, around the pollinator gardens and other features and enjoy a beautiful weekend. All bee and hive signs will be in the listed parks; smaller parks will only have a few while larger parks will have more to discover. Make sure the sign number is in the photo. You must send photos of at least 20 bee signs to win a prize. And if you submit pictures of all 35 bee signs - you will be eligible for a second prize (as long as supplies last).

HOW TO ENTER: Email your team name, address, contact number, and a minimum of 20 bee pictures to The deadline for photo submission is 4pm on Saturday, June 25. 


PRIZE PICKUP: Pick up your prize 4pm-6pm at the United Methodist Church at the corner of 

Tryon and Wake Streets. Come to the parking lot, which opens on Wake Street.



Cates Creek Park pollinator garden -1445 Cates Creek Parkway

Downtown parking lot pollinator islands (behind Wooden Nickle)

Gold Park pollinator garden and bee hotel - 415 Dimmocks Mill Road

Mayo Park (King St. next to Dual Supply)

Murray Street bird park - 225 Murray St.

Police Department pollinator garden (behind police building near parring area)

Sheriff’s Department pollinator garden (between court building and Pavilion)

Turnip Patch Park butterfly garden - 333 W. King St. (corner of King and Oconeechee)


1. No cheating, no sharing of pictures! (Pictures have metadata that reveal info about the picture!)
2. Please do not move, alter or remove the bee signs - let them be!
3. One group/phone # or email per house address - so work as a team!
4. Email your pictures starting at 9am Saturday June 25 until 4pm
5. Pick up your prize by 6pm on June 25 at the parking lot of Hillsborough United Methodist Church

6. No trespassing on private property. All signs will be hidden in the listed parks.
7. Have fun!



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Bee hive and bee signs

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