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6/7/2011 - Asheville-area Home & Garden calendar
by Staff Reports - Asheville Citizen Times

FULL BLOOM IN ASHEVILLE!!  Read the article below for more details about super summer garden tours and more in and around Western North Carolina!!



 MASTER GARDENER INFO TABLE: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at the downtown Asheville City Market, 161 S. Charlotte St. Ask questions, get free soil test kit. 

 LAKE TOXAWAY PARADE OF HOMES: 3-5 p.m. every Friday afternoon for the next nine weeks. Tour some of Transylvania County's most lavish homes. Free. Pick up 2011 Parade of Homes brochures, including a property map, Wednesday at the Lake Toxaway Company Waterfall office, U.S. 64 West; The Greystone Inn; the Lake Toxaway Country Club pro shop; and the Brevard Chamber of Commerce. Call 966-4260 or visit


HOMES WANTED: Hendersonville's Environmental & Conservation Organization is looking for homes to showcase in its fourth annual Green Home Tour in August. Visit or call 692-0385.

WNC DAYLILY CLUB: Prize-winning daylilies will be on display as well as a wide variety of daylily plants will be for sale. Daylily club members will be available to answer questions. June 18, N.C. Arboretum, Frederick Law Olmsted Way (off N.C. 191). 665-2492.

FATHER'S DAY GARDEN TOUR: Tour a dozen private gardens in the historic Kenilworth neighborhood, chat with the gardeners and take home a free plant. 1-5 p.m. June 19, Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road, Asheville. Advance tickets are $15, $25 for two. Day of: $20, $30. Available at

"LOOK AND LEARN IN OUR GARDENS": Self-guided tour from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25, features five private homeowners' gardens. Begins at the Vance Elementary School Peace Garden in West Asheville at 98 Sulfur Springs Road. $15 advance, $20 day of.

ASAP'S FAMILY FARM TOUR: Self-guided tour of 41 Western North Carolina farms, June 25-26. Learn how food grows, taste farm-fresh treats, interact with farm animals and meet the community's food producers. $25 advance. Purchase a tour button at area businesses and tailgate markets, or online at One button admits the entire carload. 236-1282, ext. 114.

AMERICAN BAMBOO SOCIETY'S ANNUAL FESTIVAL: Features regional bamboo nurseries offering plants as well as artists and crafters demonstrating and selling their products. Visitors learn about the artistic value and functionality of bamboo. The weekend also includes educational lectures and demonstrations. July 9-10, N.C. Arboretum, Frederick Law Olmsted Way (off N.C. 191). 665-2492.


BASIC HOME MAINTENANCE: Learn to make basic repairs, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Tuesday, runs through June 21, at the Buncombe County Extension Center, 94 Coxe Ave., Asheville. $20. 255-5522.

SUMMER TREE WALK: Classroom learning, followed by outdoors walk to identify various trees, 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, N.C. Arboretum, Frederick Law Olmsted Way (off N.C. 191), Asheville. $16, $12 members. 665-2492.

BACKYARD COMPOST DEMONSTRATION: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 11 and 25, WNC Farmers' Market, beside Jesse Israel's Garden Center. See 4 composters suitable for backyard use, 2 of which you can make yourself.

WHAT'S THE BUZZ? 3 p.m. June 12, Red Cross Building classroom, 100 Edgewood Road, Asheville. Info about honeybees and other pollinators. Presentation by Buncombe County Extension Master Gardener Diane Almond to the Asheville- Blue Ridge Rose Society. Free and open to the public.

GARDENING IN THE MOUNTAINS SERIES: 10 a.m. June 15, Buncombe County Extension Office, 94 Coxe Ave., Asheville. "Pests & Pesticides: What You Need to Know" presented by Extension Master Gardeners. Free.

TABLETOP MOSS GARDEN WORKSHOP: Learn about the world of mosses, then create your ow n tabletop garden to take home. 11 a.m. June 11, New Leaf Garden Market, Pisgah Forest. $20 per moss garden. Adult/child and individual participants welcome. Advance registration required. 966-LEAF.

GROWING AND USING CULINARY HERBS: Betty Lockwood demonstrates how to grow and cook with herbs, and leads a tour of The Bullington Center herb garden, 3-4:30 p.m. July 6, 33 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville. $20. 698-6104.

FOCUS ON FLOWERS: Annual event for amateurs and Master Gardeners, July 16, at the N.C. Arboretum, Frederick Law Olmstead Way (off N.C. 191), Asheville. Pam Beck presents "Change How You Garden." $55. 665-2492. Register at

HYPERTUFA TROUGH WORKSHOP: Learn to make hypertufa garden troughs. All materials provided. 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 5, The Bullington Center, 33 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville. $35. 698-6104.


BUNCOMBE COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS PROGRAMS: Series of free talks meet 10-11 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month, at the Extension Office, 94 Coxe Ave., Asheville. No reservations required. 255-5522.

GARDEN PLOTS: The Black Mountain Community Garden has plots available through Oct. 15. 400-square foot plots are $35, half-plots are $20. Gardeners have access to water, shared tools and other garden resources, including workshops. Download a registration form at or register in person at the Carver Center, 101 Carver Ave. 669-2052.

GARDEN SCIENCE INVESTIGATION: Series designed to engage ages 5-11 in observation and investigation of living and non-living things using their senses and simple tools. Classroom and garden activities engage the kids in each program. Cost is $7 per child, per activity. Meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 18, Aug. 13 and Oct. 15. The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, Weaver Boulevard. 252-5190.

GARDENING IN THE MOUNTAINS SERIES: All programs at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Buncombe County Extension Office, 94 Coxe Ave., Asheville. June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21 and Oct. 19. 255-5522.

LEICESTER GARDEN CLUB: Meets at 1 p.m. every fourth Saturday of the month at the Leicester Library. 683-7159. Next meeting: May 28. Visit the Corneille Bryan Native Gardens at Lake Junaluska. Carpooling available by meeting at Bell United Methodist Church (corner of Leicester Highway and Old Newfound Road.

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