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.
Prepare the site
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:
“The first important step to ensuring success in creating a new garden is site preparation. One of the gorgeous gardens I visited was a stark reminder of the need to remove exotic invasive plants from the site before any planting begins! - A Garden Visitor
“Demonstrating how to reclaim a property from invasives is what my garden is all about.” - A Garden Owner
“I needed a way to control the torrents of rain water and dirt that rushed down from the road above my house. My garden demonstrates the stormwater management principle—slow it down, spread it out, and soak it in.” - A Garden Owner
“The garden tour gave me hope and a path forward. It was rewarding to see how others succeeded in transforming garden spaces from fields of six-foot weeds to lovely areas for flowers and veggies.” - A Garden Visitor
Visit these gardens
The Coffey Specimen Garden was literally carved out of a mountainside. This steep, no-mow garden is filled with colorful pollinator and native plants, interspersed with specimen ornamental shrubs and trees. Water runoff was a major problem on this property from an upslope water tank that flushes its pipes nightly. A large dry creek bed was created to manage the run off, and the wetness of the area was used for rhododendron and other shade and moisture-loving shrubs. While only three years old, this garden appears more mature as hundreds of plants were moved from the owner’s former garden at White Gate Inn. The Coffey Garden keeps bees in the lower section.
The Breck Terraced Garden, nestled in an old north Asheville neighborhood, also struggled with water and slope issues, as well as a massive overgrowth of ivy. Vegetables are a major focus of this garden and terracing allowed the creation of ample beds for vegetables and small fruits. Water runoff from an adjacent road was moderated by the creation of a berm planted with native shrubs to stabilize the slope and absorb water. A rain garden was also installed.