Explore Beyond the Garden Gate in Asheville, June 1
Join Buncombe County Master Gardeners for the seventh biennial garden tour and explore five hidden gardens in Asheville.
Saturday, June 1, 2019
9 a.m. to 3 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 wanted to create a woodland garden along the creek in my back yard. The Garden Tour helped me understand how much I needed to learn to be able to put my own personal touch on the outcome.” A Garden Visitor
“My vision was to create a number of different gardens and connect them with winding paths. I wanted each garden to feel like a separate room but overall to reflect my personality either through plant choices or my artwork. Over the years, I have been able to realize this vision with commitment, knowledge, and hard work.” A Garden Owner
“I learned how important it is to keep records of what I plant. The 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
“The Garden Tour helped me realize that the key to a great garden begins with a thorough understanding of the landscape—including challenges like managing water, planting on a slope, and choosing the right plant for the right space. With good planning and hard work much can be accomplished in a relatively short time.” A Garden Owner
Visit these gardens
The Lotus Garden showcases a series of garden challenges that needed to be understood and then renovated to ensure the owner’s ultimate vision could be achieved. The removal of a large area of bamboo revealed a bog area being fed by an underground spring. A dry bank was rescued from erosion. The garden offers several different planting environments—bog, dry bank, sun, and shade—with the goal being that each area feature plants that are resilient, ecologically functional, and beautiful. Enjoy a woodland path, a patio garden, a vegetable and pollinator area, a grassy area for pets to enjoy and some garden art for a touch of whimsey.
The Sentimental Garden was inspired by the owner’s memories of her childhood garden and gardens of her family and friends. It features plantings, or “pass-alongs”, from those very gardens. Establishing the garden took time. Black walnut trees, which exude an herbicide-like toxin from their roots, and a thick covering of invasives were removed to allow native and non-native plantings to prosper. Enjoy seeing some old Southern favorites, native plants, pollinator friendly plants, beautiful dahlias, and a vegetable garden. While there, see the 70+ years-old giant Southern magnolia tree recently designated as an Asheville Treasured Tree by Asheville Greenworks. The gardens are maintained without using pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides so all the lovely plants and blooms provide a welcome respite for bees, birds, and other wildlife.
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