Explore Beyond the Garden Gate in Asheville, June 1
Join Buncombe County Master Gardeners for the sixth biennial garden tour and explore six hidden gardens in Asheville.
Saturday, June 1, 2019
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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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 planning and preparation. One of the gorgeous gardens I visited started as a high maintenance lawn with a significant slope. Now it was low maintenance native plantings and terraced for easier access.” A Garden Visitor
“Demonstrating how to reclaim a property from invasives is what my garden is all about.” A Garden Owner
“To achieve my vision, I first needed a way to control storm water run-off—to slow it down, spread it out, and soak it in. Then I wanted to eliminate the invasives that were taking over my good plants. How liberating it felt to bring such challenges under control!” A Garden Owner
“The garden tour gave me inspiration. I saw how others succeeded in transforming garden spaces from fields of weeds and invasives into lovely planted areas for flowers and veggies. If they can do it, so can I!” A Garden Visitor
Visit these gardens
The Shady Slope Garden tackled and resolved its first challenge—controlling water flow coming from over 4 acres of uphill property. The transformation into a recirculating waterfall created the perfect backdrop for the garden. After clearing the property of invasives, the slope became home to a myriad of shade loving perennials underneath an existing canopy of trees—a place of calm. Meander along the woodland pathways, crafted from rocks unearthed during planting, and enjoy the beauty of over 300 hellebores, a collection of 60+ named hostas, and a variety of groundcovers. Don’t miss the raised seed beds where many of the plants originated, and the composting system that helps it all grow.
The Learning Garden, created in 2016 by Extension Master GardenerSM volunteers, demonstrates and teaches the public about research-based gardening practices relevant to Buncombe County—practices they can use at home. The gardens showcase how to attract beneficial insects and pollinators, create all-season plantings in different environments, grow vegetables and herbs, and use raised and vertical planting beds. There is also a compost demonstration site. Programs for teaching the public are scheduled during the summer months. The gardens are tended by Master Gardener volunteers who are excited to share their knowledge.
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