Pollination Investigation: An exhibit by Smithsonian Gardens

Exhibit Dates April 1 – May 30, 2022

2nd floor Reading Room

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.

Spring Hue: An Art Exhibit by Mukti Belahal.

Exhibit Dates: March 1 – May 15, 2022

Technology Center and 2nd floor Gallery

Artist Statement:

Spring is a beautiful season where nature and vibrant colors come to life after a cold, desolate winter. My brushstrokes encapsulate the warmth that comes with spring colors.

Being in nature and surrounding myself with the hues and vibrancy of springtime flowers inspires me. Art for me is meditative, and it gives me immense joy to let loose and enjoy the creative process.

Exclusively for this exhibit, I have captured spring colors through the use of alcohol ink. Alcohol ink has an unpredictable nature that fascinates me: its vibrancy and translucent color radiate its uniqueness.

The exhibit’s spring theme continues in the oil collections where palette knives were used to create a 3-D texture that provides depth and a unique effect. I have showcased oil and ink in this collection, and the opaqueness and translucency of these two mediums create a distinct style.

It is my humble wish to bring the breathtaking gift of nature into homes and offices through my style of paintings in different mediums. I hope you will enjoy my paintings as much as I loved creating each one of them.

About Mukti Belahal

Mukti is a New Jersey-based artist from India who is a graphic designer by profession. Upon moving to the United States several years ago, she decided to continue her career in graphic design, but to pursue the urge to paint with colors on blank canvas that has always been a part of her life. She keeps her passion going by exhibiting her collections and selling paintings.

During the pandemic, Mukti started spending more time in her studio and outdoors amidst nature. She painted every single day and became inspired to explore her art at a much deeper level. Thus began her journey to share the joy of her creations with the world.

Mukti loves exploring different mediums of art creation and challenging herself to learn. All her artistic ideas and inspiration come from imagination, photography and travel. She is an artist who is in awe of life and is mesmerized by nature, colors and texture in any form.

Oil paint is her favorite medium, but Mukti also works with pastels, watercolor, acrylic, ink and mixed media. Her passion for art has evolved over the years as she explores different mediums and the possibility of creating something new each time. Her love for colors and texture is evident in her paintings. Her art has evolved through the journey of life.

When she is not at her studio, Mukti can be found walking among nature, listening to music and capturing wildlife on her camera.

Michelangelo’s quote, ”I am still learning,” left a lasting impression on Mukti, such that she became a forever student who learns, explores and shares different mediums of art.

Mukti’s work can be seen on her website at this link and you can also connect with the artist via her Facebook Page.

Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Past Exhibits