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NC Arboretum Features Brilliant Blooms at Chrysanthemum Show

Friday, October 2nd, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum is ablaze with color in fall, and the North Carolina Chrysanthemum Society’s Annual Show, held October 17 and 18, is a perfect occasion to celebrate the fall foliage season.

This year will be very special, as the local chapter hosts the National Chrysanthemum Society Annual Show. Some 200 exhibitors from all over the country are expected to exhibit exceptional blooms and displays in addition to the normal excellent presentation made by the local chapter. Expect to see tree and cascade exhibits as well as displays of chrysanthemums, bonsai, educational exhibits, and a special section on photography.

On Saturday afternoon, October 17, visitors are invited to enjoy talks on the North Carolina Chrysanthemum Society’s “Outreach to Schools” program. This program, presented by the local mum chapter, is designed to encourage local high school student participation in growing and showing chrysanthemums and has met with significant success. A program on how to grow mum bonsai as well as mums in miniature will be presented by a national Chrysanthemum Society expert on mum bonsai.
The popular annual show showcases hundreds of chrysanthemum blooms in vibrant and varied colors. The exhibits will be judged by National Standards by expert Accredited National Chrysanthemum judges from all over the United States and Canada, by strict NCS standards and highlights the exceptional variety in size, shape and color of these popular fall flowers.

The show is a perfect opportunity to learn more about how to grow display or show quality chrysanthemums. Guests to The NC Arboretum will be able to enjoy the shows and flower sales as well as trail walks, family activities, and exhibits.
The Chrysanthemum Show is free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($6 per personal motor vehicle). Visitors are encouraged to explore the Arboretum’s 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, engaging exhibits, and bountiful opportunities to connect with nature.

For information, call 828.665.2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.
The mission of The North Carolina Arboretum is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

The North Carolina Arboretum is located next to the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance at Milepost 393. From I-26, take Exit 33 and follow Blue Ridge Parkway signs for two miles to the entrance ramp. Arboretum grounds are open 7 days a week. Property hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., November-March and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., April-October.

NC Arboretum to Host Annual Daylily Show and Sale

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Day Lily

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Western North Carolina Daylily Club will host its annual Daylily Show and Sale at The North Carolina Arboretum on Saturday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Held in the Education Center, the show will display some of the best varieties of more than 46,000 registered daylilies.

The event will feature many outstanding daylily hybrids and cultivars of Western North Carolina. This is a must-see for daylily enthusiasts. Club members will also provide information on care and cultivation of daylilies, and plants will be available for purchase.

Other events and activities at the Arboretum on June 27 include:

"H. Douglas Pratt and John C. Sill’s BIRDS: The Science of Illustration." In conjunction with The North Carolina Arboretum’s celebration as an official part of the NC Birding Trail, this exhibit explores how art and science work together in Pratt and Sill’s artistic illustrations of birds. Located at the Baker Exhibit Center, additional features include:

  • A bird nest collection, containing nests and egg replicas of local songbirds.
  • An interactive bird song display.
  • A habitat match-up interactive mural designed to teach concepts of animal needs and the distinct habitats of local birds in habitats that occur in WNC.
  • An illustration table with sketch paper, pencils, erasers and colored pencils.
  • Forest Trails Walk at 1 p.m. ~ Guided tour of Arboretum trails and natural environment.

All activities, including the Daylily Show and Sale, are free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee of $6 per personal motor vehicle. Visitors are encouraged to explore the Arboretum’s kaleidoscope of summer blooms, 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, engaging exhibits, and bountiful opportunities to connect with nature.

For information, call 828.665.2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

Asheville’s Flower Gallery Launches Website

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Flower Gallery Asheville

ASHEVILLE, NC – Downtown florist the Flower Gallery has launched a Web site at www.flowergalleryashevillenc.com.

Owner and designer Luck McElreath, a native of Bangkok, said she draws on Asian influences in her floral design.

The retail location, at 46 Haywood St., is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Call (828) 258-8427 or (800) 825-5516

The NC Arboretum Blooms in May with Major Events

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum celebrates bright blooms this May as it hosts three major events that showcase spring’s beauty.

The American Rhododendron Society’s Southeastern Chapter kicks the month off on May 2 and May 3 at the Arboretum during its annual show. Hundreds of blooms will be displayed at the Education Center during the show, including many favorite mountain plants. Azaleas as well as spring and summer blooming rhododendrons are among the most popular. Trail Walks to the National Native Azalea Repository – a popular destination amid the Arboretum’s 434 acres – will be offered.

On May 9 and May 12, the Carolinas Dahlia Society and the NC Chrysanthemum Society celebrate the season with their Spring Dahlia Tuber Sale and Chrysanthemum Cutting Sale. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the event will be held at the Education Center Auditorium on May 9 and at the Baker Exhibit Center Lobby on May 12.

The fragrant and vivid world of roses will be on display on May 30 and 31 as The Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society hold its annual exhibit at the Arboretum. Roses of every color and size will be featured during the exhibition and experts will present educational programs. Knowledgeable society members will be available to provide information about the selection, care and history of these magnificent garden plants. A rose sale will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, which will include the sale of rose fertilizer and soil amendments.

Shows and events are free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($6 per personal motor vehicle). Visitors are encouraged to explore the Arboretum’s kaleidoscope of spring color, 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, engaging exhibits, and bountiful opportunities to connect with nature.

For information, call 828.665.2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

North Carolina Arboretum Hosts Two-Day Floral Exhibit with Ikebana Club

Friday, March 6th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum proudly hosts a special two-day floral exhibit by the Ikebana International Asheville Chapter, in celebration of a visit by internationally acclaimed Ikebana experts Akihiro and Naohiro Kasuya.

The Ikebana International Asheville Chapter will install a special Ikebana exhibit, transforming the lobby of the Arboretum’s Baker Exhibit Center. The exhibit is open to the public from April 18 through April 19 and is free for members or with the Arboretum’s parking fee – only $6 per personal vehicle.

The installation celebrates an exclusive visit by the Kasuyas and "will help create a stronger awareness of the connection between local ikebana artists and the Japanese leaders and trendsetters in the ever-changing practice of modern ikebana, which is grounded in traditional Japanese culture," said Terri Todd, immediate past president of the Asheville Chapter of Ikebana International and chair of the Ichiyo event at the Arboretum.

"The Ikebana exhibit at The Baker Exhibit Center provides the public with a chance to explore the beauty of this art form and see how a space is transformed by a flower’s expression," said The Arboretum’s Director of Education Julie Vidotto.
For more information, call 828-665-2492, Ext. 317.

The mission of The North Carolina Arboretum is to cultivate connections between people and plants. www.ncarboretum.org

Hundreds of Orchid Blooms Showcased at "A Journey to the Far East" Show at The NC Arboretum

Monday, March 2nd, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The WNC Orchid Society will host its annual show and sale at The North Carolina Arboretum on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The popular judged plant show, themed “Orchid Mystery: A Journey to the Far East,” will feature displays of hundreds of orchids as well as programs on both days. Regional orchid vendors from the Southeast as well as expert orchid growers will provide orchid care demonstrations and presentations in the Arboretum’s Education Center.

In addition to “Orchid Mystery: A Journey to the Far East,” other NC Arboretum events and activities throughout the weekend are offered free unless noted:

• Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats ~ An interactive traveling exhibit that dispels myths and provides visitors with a fun, factual look at how bats are important to plants and our world.

•Segway Tours ~ Take a unique guided tour of the Arboretum in a quiet, environmentally friendly way. Registration required and some restrictions apply; weekend rate is $55.

•Azalea Repository ~ Visit the National Native Azalea Repository to get a first glimpse of spring bloom. The repository features more 350 native azalea plants and offers a vivid palette of colors from flaming orange to brilliant pink.

A Journey to the Far East” is free for Arboretum Society members or with the parking fee of $6 per personal vehicle. For information, call 828.665.2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

Biltmore Estate Hosts 24th Annual Festival of Flowers April 4-May 17, 2009

Friday, February 27th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Flowers take center stage as a cast of thousands welcome springtime at Biltmore’s Festival of Flowers, April 4 – May 17. In concert with the opening, on April 4, of a suite of four restored rooms inside Biltmore House, the annual estate-wide event celebrates the beauty of George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre property and its original design by Frederick Law Olmsted, father of American landscape architecture.

Restored to their original splendor, this suite of rooms offers visitors the first opportunity to fully see the house as a family home and the Vanderbilts as parents. The Louis XV Room itself is perhaps the true heart of Biltmore. It served as birthplace of George and Edith Vanderbilt’s only daughter, Cornelia, in 1900. Years later, it was where Cornelia delivered her own two sons, George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil and William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil in 1925 and 1928, respectively. Through family stories that span generations, and new blooms throughout the estate, Biltmore comes alive this spring.

Festival of Flowers showcases a stunning display of tulips, Iceland poppies, snapdragons and foxglove in the Walled Garden, vibrant colors in the 20-acre azalea garden and cascades of native and exotic blooms in the natural gardens and walking trails. Biltmore’s gardens, Olmsted’s final and most grand project, are in their 119th year, continuing to mature and becoming more beautiful every year.

This year’s umbrella theme, "Preservation," ties in with the opening of the new rooms in Biltmore House. Floral displays inside the house will reflect the period of decoration of each room, or of décor during the Vanderbilt era. Guests will see elements of the Edwardian/Turn of the Century/Aesthetic Movement infused with bold and contrasting colors. The Winter Garden will introduce the secondary theme, "Flowers through Time," with a floral sundial of potted flowering plants arranged around the center fountain and classical music played throughout the day.

Festivities across the estate will include music in the house and various locations, tips from Biltmore gardeners and innovative container garden displays in the Conservatory. Biltmore Winery celebrates with live music, wine tastings, seminars and children’s activities. Seasonal Festival of Flowers wines are also crafted each year to mark the occasion. In addition, events are planned for adults and kids at River Bend Farm, and outdoor activities such as mountain biking and float trips are available at the adjacent Outdoor Center.

Visit Biltmore Estate’s Festival of Flowers page for more information.

Asheville Non-Profit Organization Makes People in WNC Smile With Recycled Flowers

Monday, February 16th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – In the summer of 2008, co-founders Nancy Pope and Lisa Baker came together to launch a non-profit organization in the Asheville, NC area called Second Bloom. Second Bloom collects cut flowers from grocery stores, weddings, parties, holiday events and other occasions in order to create beautiful, simple flower bouquets for hospice, nursing home, and long-term care residents to keep in their rooms. Since the summer months, Second Bloom has developed an interactive web site, secondbloom.org, and started its first volunteer program in Western North Carolina.

Second Bloom is in search of volunteers near Asheville that can assist with the Flower Exchange Train and help collect donations, deliver flowers and create floral arrangements. Trustworthy volunteers over the age of 18, with a valid driver’s license, are needed for floral delivery and pick up. Volunteers interested in spending time with residents and making small floral bouquets and flower arrangements are also invited to join the team.

In addition, Second Bloom seeks charitable donations and corporate sponsors to provide financial funding in support of their activities and to fund various projects. In 2008 various Asheville area florists, grocery stores and event centers rushed to provide support and flowers for Second Bloom. Biltmore Estate (Lioncrest, Stable Café, The Inn at Biltmore, The Floral Displays Department), Black Mountain Floral Center, Blossoms at Biltmore Park, Flower Gallery, The Bloom Room, Earth Fare, Fresh Market, Homewood, Coleman Place and The Crest Center have all donated flowers to make floral bouquets. Second Bloom continues to expand their flower donations. Recipients of the flowers include Magnolia Health Care Center, Care Partners Hospice, The Laurels of GreenTree Ridge, The McCune Center, Highlands Farm Retirement Community and Shadybrook Assisted Living.

Baker and Pope were inspired to start Second Bloom for personal reasons. Baker’s love of flowers and plants began as a child when taking flowers to her grandmother at the nursing home became a regular outing with her mother. Pope became involved after nurturing a close friendship with Clara Kaminski, a resident of Pisgah Manor. "We couldn’t resist the idea," says Baker. "It has become an amazingly heartwarming enterprise to be involved with day after day," adds Pope. Information about volunteers and charitable donations can be found online at www.secondbloom.org or call (828) 702-0515 / 702-0516.

Asheville’s newest nonprofit organization recycles flowers from grocery stores, florists and events in order to make and deliver floral bouquets at nursing homes, retirement communities and long term care facilities. Second Bloom is the inspiration of founders Nancy Pope and Lisa Baker and currently looking for charitable donations as well as local volunteers throughout Western North Carolina.