Pollination Investigation

Graphic for the exhibition titled Pollination Investigation

Exhibit Info

This Exhibition Is No Longer Showing


Pollination Investigation: An exhibit by Smithsonian Gardens


April 1 – May 30, 2022


2nd floor Reading Room

About the Artist

Artist Bio

Nearly 90% of flowering plants rely on about 200,000 species of animal pollinators for fertilization. “Pollination Investigation” explores the who, what, when, where, why and how of pollination, and the essential role that pollinators play in the natural world. The exhibition includes profiles on types of pollinators, including bees, beetles, butterflies, hummingbirds, flies, moths and the wind, with special references to bats and water. The poster exhibition is bilingual with all information provided in both English and Spanish.

Book and resource lists exploring pollinators and wildflowers have been curated by our staff for both kids and adults. Take and Make Kits with crafts relating to pollinators will be available for kids on our third floor on April 8 and May 6, and packets of wildflower seeds for planting will be handed out on the first floor from May 1-7 to celebrate National Wildflower Week.

In addition, a series of events to coincide with both this exhibition and the national #PlantWildflowers initiative has been planned by library staff to highlight the importance of pollinators in maintaining a healthy planet and to encourage our community to help create pollinator-friendly habitats.

Plant to attend one or more of these exhibit-related events. Be sure to check the listing to find out if registration is required:

April 9 at 1 p.m. | PEFF Film Screening: Wild in the Garden State 

April 10 at 1:30 p.m. |  PEFF Film Screening: My Garden of a Thousand Bees 

April 13 at 10:30 a.m. | Special edition Storytime on Pollinators

April 14 at 6:30 p.m. | The Library Bee

April 24 at 10 a.m. | Becoming a Steward of Your Local Environment

April 29 at 3:15 p.m. | Workshop for Kids: Build a Bee Abode

April 30 at 3 p.m. | Film Screening: Wings of Life 

April 30 at 4:30 p.m. | Workshop for Adults and Teens: Make a Bee Hotel 

May 3 at 7 p.m. | Pollinators for Everyone 

May 10 at 6:30 p.m. | Gardening for Butterflies and Historic Garden Stroll


Pollination Investigation was created by Smithsonian Gardens in collaboration with the National Museum of Natural History and made available by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and PBS Nature launched #PlantWildflowers in 2022 as a nationwide education and action initiative to highlight pollinator diversity and spark local efforts to support wild pollinators.

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