Beeloved Community Garden
2506 Vanderbilt Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27607
The Beeloved Community Garden was conceived to provide space for pollination - of flowers by insects and of relationships by people. The name is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's vision of a world where love will transform, redeem, and bring people together in a new way.
Located just a block from NC State University, the site is easily accessible to students and families who live in the neighborhood as well as those visiting campus or attending events at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church just across the street. Benches, tables, and paths make this an ideal place to sit and enjoy a God's creation and each others company.
Follow the Garden
Garden workdays are held weekly on
Saturdays 8 - 11 am
Bring a pair of gloves and come help us plant, weed, prune, mulch, and whatever else needs doing! No experience needed. We have jobs for all ages and physical abilities.
If you are interested in volunteering on the BCG Committee, email Beth Harris.
Looking for an Eagle Scout or Gold Award project? We have LOTS of ideas - email Beth Harris to discuss opportunities.
The garden is always willing to accept donations - both botanical and financial.
We will accept native flowering plants such as Joe Pye weed, false indigo and asters. Please contact Beth Harris if you have plants to split or share.
Donations of money are tax deductible and can be sent directly to West Raleigh Presbyterian Church. Make sure to include a note that the donation is for the Beeloved Community Garden.
You can also consider sponsoring or purchasing specific needs of the garden such as
- Sturdy, permanent garbage can
- Gravel for paths
- Mulch for the flower beds
Honey & Art Fair
Saturday, October 16, 2021, 2 pm - 7 pm
The event just off Hillsborough Street will spotlight the church's diversely cultivated Beeloved Community Garden featuring honey tasting and bee crafts, booths from community partners, live folk-rock from Raleigh’s legendary Firestation Nine, food vendors, bouncy fun for kids, and an art sale with works from local painters, jewelry makers, and potters.
In the Garden Devotional
The garden has received donations and support from
- Taylor's Nursery
- Dr. Danesha Seth Carley with the Department of Horticulture at NC State University
- Prebytery of New Hope Passion Driven Ministries Grant
- West Lake Landscaping
- Eagle Scouts who have built benches and laid paths
- Dedicated volunteers including Paul Schnurr and Bertie Beeker
- Dr. Becky Irwin and other pollinator scientists at NC State University
Hank - Our Garden Bee Colony
In the early fall of 2020, Alice Hinman of Apiopolis got a call about an open air honey bee hive very high up in a tree above the preschool at Fuquay Varina Baptist Church. If the bees were not rescued they would not survive the winter. Alice worked hard calling everyone she knew to gather the resources needed to rescue the hive.
On October 2, thanks to a unique partnership between the church, United Rental, Toxic Free and Apiopolis, a boom lift took her high up in the tree where she removed the colony and placed in a box. After a month of feeding and care to strengthen the colony, the bees were relocated to the Beeloved Community Garden!
The hive they live in is specially designed by Alice and built by Flitch Furniture to better imimtate the tree cavities wild honey bees live in. The colony is named Hank after a long time volunteer at Toxic Free NC. Stop by the garden and visit Hank. We look forward to having a honey bee event at the garden in the spring!