SUMMER UPDATE: Hands On! remains CLOSED due to COVID-19 as mandated by the Governor of North Carolina. 

Bring the Hive Alive! is an initiative to raise funds for

painting an outdoor bee mural in downtown Hendersonville, NC.​​​​​​​




Bee City USA - Hendersonville works to create healthy habitats and raise awareness of the importance of all pollinators through educational events. We are thrilled to be partnering with Hands On! Children’s Museum, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community members like you to bring The Good of the Hive to paint a BEEautiful bee mural in downtown Hendersonville.   



The Good of the Hive artist Matthew Willey is on a mission to hand-paint 50,000 honey bees – the number necessary for a healthy, thriving hive – in murals around the world.  Because Hendersonville's mural will be painted outdoors in a public space, Matt will purposefully be just as busy working as a pollinator educator as a painter!  You can BEE inspired by his work and his message at



Hands On! Children’s Museum is pleased to extend our mission of inspiring creativity and wonder through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) to the entire community by providing their high visibility outside wall as the canvas for the bee mural. The mural will be located on the side and back corner of the Hands On! building, between N. Main Street and King Street, facing Third Street. This heavily visited area is located in the heart of downtown Hendersonville and included in the Azalea Public Parking Lot. The Museum also plans to create a pollinator garden bordering the mural for all to enjoy. 



As a result, a contract with The Good of the Hive to paint the mural in 2020 was signed.  We are still seeking donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations to reach the final fundraising goal.  We anticipate the bees will be painted October – November, 2020. 



Art has the enduring power to create beauty, stir curiosity, and ignite action.  In addition to the many aesthetic, cultural, social, and economic benefits public art provides, we believe this mural will draw attention to the importance of bees and other pollinators and inspire actions to help sustain healthy ecosystems. 



Join the Crowdfunding Campaign!

Donate at the $25, $50, or $100 levels and receive some sweet donor rewards (to be sent by mail). There are many easy ways to make a contribution: 

·       make an online donation  

·       text “buzz” to 44321 to donate online using your phone 

·       mail a check to Hands On! Children's Museum, 318 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792

·       add a $25, $50, or $100 donation to your pollinator-friendly plants order/payment and pick up your donor rewards package along with your plants, instead of waiting on the mail


Participate in Bee Mural Fundraisers!

Bee City USA Pollinator-Friendly Plant Sale 

Now underway!

Online orders/payments and contact-free curbside plant pick-up locations are available.  Our plant sale includes many pollinator garden favorites as well as harder-to-find native and/or locally suitable species. We’re also offering some special “add-on” items including pollinator artwork notecards (created by the “Honey Bees” kindergarten class at FernLeaf Community Charter School), local honey, native bee cabins/hotels for your garden, “Bring the Hive Alive!” crowdfunding donor reward packages, and more!


Garden Jubilee Nurseries & Orchard Tour 

May 22 – 25, 9 AM – 5 PM daily
This year’s Garden Jubilee will be spread out over 4 days and held at multiple local nurseries, farms, and orchards. These modifications will follow federal and state mandated guidelines for cleaning, social distancing and limiting crowd size. Please visit Hendersonville’s Bee City USA tent located at Sideways Farm & Brewery shop for a plethora of pollinator-friendly plants, honey-based products, eco-friendly gear, pollinator-themed notecards designed by local children, and other items to Bee Green, Bee Sustainable, and Bee Awesome! 


Bee Pollinator Dinner at Harveys at The Henderson 

Wednesday, June 24, 6 PM (tentative pending the re-opening of downtown restaurants)

Cheers to the critical role bees and other pollinators play in bringing nutritious and delicious to our dinner plates! In partnership with local pollinators, farmers, and beekeepers, Chef Michael is pleased to present a special menu to celebrate Pollinator Month. As each course is served, enjoy learning a little more about how pollinators do what they do and what’s really going on from flower to fork!  Learn more and check out the special menu 


Location: Harvey’s Restaurant and Lounge at The Henderson Inn, 201 3rd Ave W, Hendersonville

Cost:  $65 per person (+ tax and gratuity). 20% of the ticket price ($13 per ticket) will be donated to the “Bring the Hive Alive!” initiative to paint a bee mural in downtown Hendersonville.

Registration:  RVSP & Purchase Tickets in advance.  (Online payments include ticket price plus tax and gratuity). 


BEEcome a Mural Sponsor!

Download the “Bring the Hive Alive!” Sponsorship Guide or Sponsor Form 

Click here to view our sponsors!