Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Asheville Gardening Adventures, Events & More: Let's Grow!

Photo Submitted by Amanda Walls
Green thumbs unite this weekend in Asheville! Come on out to stroll the streets, wander through local gardens, and take time to smell the dahlias. (Okay, most dahlias are fragrance-free... but you get the idea.)

Enjoy the artistic landscapes of the 15 local gardens that are featured in West Asheville during the Fourth Annual West Asheville Garden Stroll. The event's theme this year is "Garden to Table" and focuses on a variety of gardening styles leading to the production of fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, as well as flowers for centerpieces and tables.

The Stroll begins at 11a.m. and continues until 4p.m. on Saturday, September 8. Start the day off at Hall Fletcher Elementary School on Ridgelawn Avenue in Asheville with a 10:30a.m. presentation by longtime residents. This short introduction highlights how gardening has played an important role in the community's history. The event is free. For more details and planning information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of the event website.

The Carolinas Dahlia Society Annual Dahlia Show also runs this weekend Saturday, September 8 through Sunday, September 9 from 10a.m. to 5p.m. The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville hosts this show that draws exhibitors from five states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia as well as commercial and amateur growers from this area of Western North Carolina.

Flower displays contain blossoms in every color except for black, blue, or green. The sizes range from three-quarters of an inch to over 12 inches in diameter. Dahlia Society members are on hand to answer questions and give advice on dahlia cultivation. Cut flowers are available for purchase while supplies last. Admission is free with a parking fee of $8 per personal vehicle.

Woodlawn Cottage Garden
Don't let your day of garden adventures end there. Stay locally in an Asheville vacation rental such as the Woodlawn Cottage and enjoy the perks of having your own garden to stroll through. What could be better than that? It also makes it very convenient for you to be close to all of the downtown restaurants, theaters, museums, parks, and events. We highly recommend it!

Do you have a favorite gardening event or venue that you like to attend while in Asheville? Tell us about it in our comment section. We love hearing from our readers and value your input!

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