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Pollinator Month Book Club: “The Secret Life of Flies” with Botanical Gardens at Asheville

June 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join BGA staffer Heather Rayburn as she hosts a special book club in celebration of Pollinator Month. Participants should read Dr. Erica McAlister’s “The Secret Life of Flies” before the event. Refreshments will be served as we discuss the book, review its highlights, and look at some slides about these fascinating insects.

Why this book? Everyone knows about the sexy bee pollinators, but the plant world also benefits from the pollination of other insects, bats, birds, rodents and even lizards. McAlister, a British entomologist, “gets under the wings of these crucial creatures as she ventures into the land of the fly. From hungry herbivores and precocious pollinators to robber flies, danceflies and the much maligned mosquito, she describes the different types of fly, their unique and often unusual characteristics, and the unpredictable nature of their daily life.”

Heather is the creator of, a website dedicated to promoting the planting of native milkweed to help the endangered Monarch butterfly. She’s worked at the Botanical Gardens for 10 years.

Event cost: $10; Please RSVP on the pollination celebration website

[This book will be available for purchase in the Visitor Center by April 2018. Members get 10% off the retail price.]


June 21
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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