Asheboro, NC - It’s a weekend of flora and fauna, along with a heaping helping of honeybees, crafts for kids and a salute to Mom at the North Carolina Zoo. Guests visiting the 500-acre conservation park this weekend can experience a trifecta of events: Birds, Blooms & Bees on May 13, the Zoo’s yearly Plant Sale on May 13-14, and a special Mother’s Day admission discount on May 14. 

BIRDS, BLOOMS & BEES, MAY 13: Have you heard the buzz about our fine, feathered friends and pretty posies and petals?  From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., activities throughout the Zoo will highlight the symbiotic relationship and individual importance that bees, birds, and flowers have.

Special events include:

            Education Stations at the Zoo’s Aviary will feature bird watching, special rounds of “Bird Bingo,” crafts and other games.

            “Bee Smart” stations at the Zoo’s Bee Exhibit will have a hive of information about beekeeping and our beneficial, buzzing buddies.

            “All About Butterflies” will be the focus of the fun in the North America Plaza and Kidzone, with crafts, seed giveaways, and butterfly habitat information.  

NORTH CAROLINA ZOO YEARLY PLANT SALE, MAY 13-14: April showers have brought May flowers! And many of them will be available for sale in the Zoo’s North America Entrance parking lot. In fact, all sorts of plants will be available for purchase in the annual sale. Zoo admission is not required to attend the sale. 

Some of the plants expected to be available include:

            Houseplants, including Snake Plants and Cactus.

            Annuals, including the Mosquito Plant.

            Perennials, including Black-Eyed Susans, Cardinal Flowers, and Milkweed.

            Shrubs, including Inkberry, Beautyberry and Button Bush.

            Trees, including Buckeye, Redbud, and Bald Cypress.

The North Carolina Zoo’s horticulture staff will be on-site to provide gardening tips.

A complete PDF listing of plants (with photos and prices) can be found online at 

MOTHER’S DAY ADMISSION DISCOUNT, MAY 14: Celebrate a happy Mother’s Day at the North Carolina Zoo! Guests can bring a Mom to the Zoo on Sunday, May 14, mention this coupon deal and receive a $2 discount off her admission with one paid general admission.