Explore Hidden Gardens of Asheville, June 3
Join Buncombe County Master Gardeners for the sixth biennial garden tour and explore six hidden gardens in Asheville.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Accomplish your vision
Every unique garden is a learning experience for both the owners and visitors alike. Problems solved, personal interests shared, the joy of turning a vision into reality. Owners and visitors from past garden tours reflect on what they observed and learned:
“I am a somewhat novice, but very enthusiastic gardener. I was in the beginning stages of installing a woodland garden along my creek. The Garden Tour helped me see how much I needed to learn to be able to put my own personal signature on the final outcome.” - A Garden Visitor
“My vision of a spacious landscape is composed of a number of garden rooms, each slightly hidden from the other, but together forming unique and inviting outdoor spaces. Over the years, I was able to realize this vision with commitment, knowledge, and hard work.” - A Garden Owner
“The garden tour reminded me how important record keeping is. Garden owners kept journals, took photographs, and tagged every plant. Those tags remind you what not to disturb once the plants have disappeared for the season. I came home and immediately started a garden record-keeping system.” - A Garden Visitor
“This garden demonstrates what can be accomplished in a relatively short time. The key is waiting to thoroughly know the space before taking the landscape leap.” - A Garden Owner
Visit these gardens
The Cole Cottage Vignette Garden, in north Asheville, showcases a series of twelve garden rooms tucked away beneath mature trees and along winding paths. At every turn, another vignette awaits the wanderer. The garden offers views and vistas, art and humor, a labyrinth, a cozy secret garden, and a newly established moss garden. There’s a play area for children and a fire pit with water feature for adults. Art is carefully placed to add interest and to draw the eye through the garden. This two-acre garden evolved, one garden room at a time, among dense trees and overgrown shrubs that hid stone walls below the house. Chickens and bees are kept on this property.
The Ramsey Whimsy Garden, in southeast Asheville, is described by its owner as combining the practical with the whimsical. The owner is an artist and a writer and has expressed her creativity in colorful beds filled with perennials, a dye garden, an herb garden, and a large vegetable garden. Her husband has built many structures for the garden, including a garden shed from repurposed materials and a three-story tree house. There is a stream with a waterwheel plus a water ram that pumps water up to the garden without electricity. This garden will be in the August issue of Southern Living magazine.