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7/31/2012 - Asheville area Home & Garden calendar
by Asheville Citizen Times

Send items for the home and garden calendar to Bruce Steele at BSteele@Citizen-Times.com two weeks before the event. Or mail to Bruce Steele, Asheville Citizen-Times, P.O. Box 2090, Asheville, NC 28802.

THIS WEEKEND

FURNITURE FESTIVAL & CLEARANCE SALE: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today and 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Hickory Furniture Mart, 2220 U.S. 70 S.E., Hickory. Demos, educational displays, hands-on pottery station, wine and peach bellini tastings, more than 100 showrooms, galleries and outlets. www.hickoryfurniture.com.

CROP SWAP: 10 a.m.-noon today and each Saturday through Sept. 1, West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. Event will be in parking lot across Virginia Avenue from the church. Bring plants, vegetables, fruits, flowers, etc., to trade with neighbors. No money; swapping only. No animals or flea market items. Contact info@WestAshePres.org or www.WestAshePres.org.

2012 DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE: Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 5, 125 Interlude Place, Hendersonville. Last entry 3 p.m. daily. Fundraiser for Historic Flat Rock. "Interlude" is a French-inspired country house at the western edge of Flat Rock's historic district. Its 7,300 square feet will be decorated by regional interior designers. Tour the gardens designed by Ed Lastein, shop at the boutique, dine under the tent at Café on the Veranda. Admission $25 at the door or visit www.historicflatrockinc.org or call 697-0208.

WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

BOTANICAL PAINTING: 9 a.m.-noon, July 30-Aug. 1, Bullington Center, 33 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville. Artist Suzanne Ciola White leads this introductory course is designed to help students transfer a drawing into a final watercolor rendering. $60 plus materials. Call 698-6104.

ASHEVILLE GARDEN CLUB: Aug. 8, North Asheville Community Center, 37 E. Larchmont Road. Refreshments at 9 a.m., program at 10. Linda McNab, master gardener, speaks on "Bees: Their Importance in Our Gardens & Landscapes." 258-0922.

MAKE A BAMBOO CUP & SPICE SHAKER: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Bamboo Poles Warehouse, 20 Tuttle Road, Hendersonville. No experience necessary. Use bamboo saw, shaving tool in hands-on workshop. Take home cup and shaker. $65, with 25 percent down to reserve a space. Call 685-3053 Monday-Friday or 685-3050 weekends. Learn more at www.oshimabambooschool.com.

SPEAKING OF GARDENING SYMPOSIUM: Aug. 24-25, N.C. Arboretum. Speakers include Mike Buffin, Gardens and Parks Adviser for the U.K. National Trust; Takayuki Kobayashi, of Japan; Jenks Farmer, of South Carolina; and Rita Pelczar, of Marshall. $170, or $145 for members. Call 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

SHOWS & TOURS

BAMBOO WALKING TOUR: 1:30-3 p.m. Aug. 5 and 19, Haiku Bamboo Nursery, 468 Rhodes Mountain Road, Hendersonville. Learn about bamboo on this 90-minute walk through a lush bamboo forest. $15 cash on arrival. No sandals. Call 685-3053 Monday-Friday or 685-3050 weekends. Learn more at www.haikubamboonursery.net.

NATIVE TREES TALK: 7 p.m. Aug. 14 in the large community room at Weaverville Town Hall, 30 S. Main St., Weaverville. Presentation, "Native Trees and Their Natural Communities in WNC," by Tim Spira, author of "Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont," is part of the Weaverville Tree Board meeting. Free. 645-5251.

SOUTHERN IDEAL HOME SHOW: Noon-8 p.m. Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug 25 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 26, Park Expo and Conference Center, Charlotte. Admission $9 at the door; free for age 14 and younger with paid adult. Call 704-376-6594 or visit www.SouthernIdealHome Show.com.

WICKED PLANTS EXHIBIT: Through Sept. 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Baker Exhibit Center, N.C. Arboretum, Brevard Road at Blue Ridge Parkway. A 4,000-square-foot hands-on exhibit inspired by Amy Stewart's book "Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities." Interactive for children. Free admission with standard parking fee. 665-2492 or www.ncarboretum.org.

GROVE PARK TOUR OF HOMES: Noon-6 p.m. Sept. 9. $15 in advance; $20 day of the tour. Includes 11 stopes; transportation provided. Complimentary parking at the Grove Park Inn Country Club. Advance tickets available at the Wine Studio and the Chop Shop on Charlotte Street.

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