Buncombe County Extension Master Gardener volunteers (EMGs) will host a garden tour entitled “Explore.Learn.Grow!” on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Six private gardens and one school garden in the Biltmore Lake and Candler areas will be open to the public for this self-guided tour. The tour is capped at 500 tickets.
Tickets, $15 in advance and $20 day of the tour, if available, may be ordered online through Thursday June 11th by clicking HERE. They may also be purchased at the Cooperative Extension Offices, 94 Coxe Avenue, Asheville. For more information, call 828-255-5522.
The Master Gardener volunteers have held an education-based garden tour biennially since 2007. Here is a chance for local gardeners and garden lovers to get answers to their questions. Organized around the garden owners’ experiences working their own spaces, the tour will be full of practical information. These gardens provide examples of plant selection and maintenance, working in harmony with the environment, dealing with pests and diseases, gardening on a slope and adding edibles to the landscape, along with other areas of gardening interest. Docents will be on hand in each of the gardens to answer questions and point out interesting features and notable plants.
The tour begins at Enka High School, 475 Enka Lake Road in Candler. The Enka High School garden includes two greenhouses, a chicken coop, and even a pig pen! The school is a new recipient of a school gardening grant from the Buncombe County EMGs. Along with the financial grant, master gardener volunteers provide hours of hands-on support for students and teachers.
Following the Enka High garden, six residential gardens are included on the tour. Four gardens are located in Biltmore Lake and two in the nearby Candler area, all are the home gardens of master gardeners. These gardens represent a variety in their size, age, and management of landscape and resources.
A selection of tour sponsors will have garden related items for sale at Enka High School. Tour sponsors include Appalachian Creek Garden Center & Landscape, Air Vent Exteriors, Biltmore, B.B. Barns, Ace Hardware, Asheville Mulch Yard, AgCare Products, Inc., The Artisan Cafe, Arborcare of Asheville, Asheville-Blue Ridge Rose Society, Blue Ridge Daylilies, Earth Fare, M.E. Gray, Keller Williams, JB Graphics, Inc., Greater Scapes Landscaping & Lawncare, Bill Pomeroy, Oppenheimer & Co., Jesse Israel and Sons Nursery, K2 Irrigation Services, Inc., Painters Greenhouse, Reems Creek Nursery, Snow Creek Landscaping, Sow True Seed, The Spa at Biltmore Village, Thyme in the Garden, Tupelo Honey Cafe, WNC Daylily Club. Supporters are: The Asheville Garden Club, Friends of the Earth Garden Club, and Sandy Mush Herb Nursery.
For more information, visit buncombemastergardener.org. or call the NC Cooperative Extension offices at 828-255-5522.
Co-sponsored by the NC Agricultural Foundation (a 501(c)3 non profit) through the NC Extension Foundation. Tax ID #566049304