9/8/2011 - West Asheville hosts garden stroll
by Staff Reports
West Asheville will celebrate its urban gardens with a stroll next Saturday.
The third-annual event, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. rain or shine, will showcase several new gardens adjacent to Haywood Road.
The free stroll, described as the "most walkable and bikeable stroll yet," will kick off at 10:30 a.m. at West Asheville Branch Library, 942 Haywood Road.
Bill Whipple, a community orchards and gardens advocate, will give a short talk at the library before guests head out to gaze at gardens.
The stroll will include 15 new gardens in the Vermont Avenue and Virginia Avenue neighborhoods. Along the way, strollers will find plant sales, snacks and opportunities to learn more about urban garden life.
Nancy Hyton from the West Asheville Center for Holistic Medicine and Keri Evjy from Healing Roots Design will offer an Urban Plant Walk, showcasing common medicinal and edible plants.
And Michael Fortune, of Green Hill Urban Farm, will display orchards, berry patches, flower and vegetable beds, and ducks and fish all raised in an urban setting.
Parking will be available at Grace Baptist Church, 718 Haywood Road, as well as West Asheville Baptist Church, 926 Haywood Road. Pick up a map on the day of the stroll at West Asheville library.
For more information, visit www.WestAshevilleGardens.com or call West Asheville library at 250-4750.