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Local Artist Exhibits New Work at The N.C. Arboretum

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – New works by Susan Lingg, an artist based in Cullowhee, North Carolina, will be on display at The North Carolina Arboretum. Opening January 24, Within and Around the Ancients will depict the unique mountain landscapes of the Southern Appalachians.

Using watercolors, poured inks, and handmade paper, Lingg portrays the unique granite exposures of the mountains of the region, as well as native flora. Described as realism through an artist’s eye, her work captures and celebrates a passing moment.

A registered artist with Handmade in America, Lingg has been exhibiting her work since 1982. She is a member of the Jackson County Visual Arts Council, the North Carolina Watercolor Society, and Dogwood Crafters. Lingg is also an instructor in watercolor and handmade paper.

The exhibit will be on display at the Education Center of the Arboretum through April 8. For more information, please call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

Birthday Parties at The NC Arboretum Encourage Unique Experiential Adventures

Friday, October 30th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Remember how fun it was to explore nature as a child? The NC Arboretum invites families to participate in its birthday party program, offering safe adventure amid 434 acres of natural beauty and a fun, guided celebration that everyone will treasure for years to come.

The Arboretum’s birthday parties for ages 5 and up feature a 75-minute guided program of your choice along with 45 minutes for cake and a gift celebration. All programs are led by an expert environmental educator and take place in the Arboretum’s interactive children’s classroom as well as outside along the trails, creeks, pond, gardens and woodlands.

Party themes include:

Outdoor Adventure: Children embark on a short hike along the Arboretum’s trails as we learn how to build survival shelters and navigate with a compass. Party favors include a compass and bandanna for each child.

Bug Hunt: Participants get up close and personal with our collection of live invertebrates in the classroom, then head out to discover the amazing insects that call our pond, fields and woodlands home. Party favors include a magnifying lense and bug box for each child.

Wildlife of the Woods: Junior wildlife biologists will be thrilled by hands-on reptile and amphibian demonstrations, a wildlife match-up game, and a guided wildlife walk. Party favorsinclude a pair of binoculars and magnifying lense for each child.

Custom parties are also available, just let us know what your child would love to explore!

Parties are available on Saturdays at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. One adult for every 10 children are required to attend the guided program. Families may arrive 30 minutes prior to the party to decorate tables, chairs and the chalkboard (for the ecological reasons, no balloons allowed). A maximum of 24 children and 15 adults may attend. Party favors are available at an additional cost of $2.50 per child. Parties must be booked three weeks prior to the celebration. Parking fees are waived for
participants.

For information, visit Arboretum Birthday Parties or
contact Jonathan Marchal, Youth Education Coordinator, at [email protected] or
828.665.2492, ext. 228.

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 Gets Small During During the 14th Carolina Bonsai Expo

Friday, September 18th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The city of Asheville, NC, transforms into the bonsai capital of the Southeast the second weekend every October when The NC Arboretum hosts the Carolina Bonsai Expo. Visitors to the show will find an abundance of miniature trees and landscapes, creatively displayed at the Arboretum’s Education Center.

This two-day horticultural extravaganza on October 10 and 11, situated in the midst of the colorful mountains during fall foliage season, features a juried display of bonsai by clubs from across a six-state region, a renowned bonsai marketplace, workshops, free demonstrations, and a popular Ikebana exhibit.
The expo is also a perfect occasion to explore the Arboretum’s Bonsai Exhibition Garden, which offers a world-class display that innovatively establishes bonsai in the context of the Southern Appalachians.

Now in its 14th successful year, the Carolina Bonsai Expo includes an expanded bonsai and ikebana exhibit and a live auction of bonsai plants and related materials.
The two-day event features juried exhibits by bonsai enthusiasts from throughout the southeast including Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. In addition, workshops are available for those interested in learning bonsai and ikebana techniques from master artists.

“Bonsai are amazing, and there’s more to it than most folks know,” said Arthur Joura, The NC Arboretum’s Bonsai Curator. “The Carolina Bonsai Expo is the largest and finest bonsai show in the Southeast. Whether you know something about bonsai or not, it’s a fun and fascinating world to lose yourself in for awhile, and the Expo offers the best opportunity to do just that.”

People often ask Joura where they can purchase a bonsai, and he highly recommends the marketplace at the Expo, adding, “There are only two days each year to find such a diverse selection, and we are proud to host such a rare offering.”

Joura, a nationally recognized expert who is dedicated to making the art form of bonsai accessible to all audiences, has developed one of the finest public bonsai collections in the country since the Arboretum received its first bonsai donation in 1992. The collection is particularly distinctive because it artfully blends traditional bonsai with plants native to the Southern Appalachians such as American hornbeam, red maple and eastern white pine.

There is no charge for visitors to attend the Carolina Bonsai Expo although usual parking fees apply. Visitors can purchase lunch items from the Arboretum’s Savory Thyme Café, open during Expo hours. To register or for more information about the auction, workshops and presentations, call 828-665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org

Heritage Crafts Weekend at The NC Arboretum Celebrates Rich Cultural Traditions

Monday, September 14th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum celebrates Southern Appalachian traditions during Heritage Crafts Weekend, held September 26 and 27.

The event, now in its fourth year, features craft demonstrations and juried crafts vendors, plant sales and musical performances in the Heritage Garden, Baker Exhibit Center and Education Center.

Western North Carolina is known worldwide for its botanical beauty and diversity, as well as for the many wonderful handmade crafts that are borne of the mountain way of life. Vitally important to the region’s craft heritage is the close relationship between crafts and the plants used in their production. Much of the fiber, color and artistic expression of mountain craft arises from the character and nature of plants.
The Heritage Garden showcases plants used in the multi-million-dollar craft industry of Western North Carolina, including those used for handmade paper and brooms, baskets and dyes. Visitors can explore the many plants that support crafts, understand how they are grown, prepared and used, and appreciate their value to the industry.

New exhibits in the Heritage Garden provided increased space for exhibits and demonstrations and allows the garden to function as an outdoor classroom.
Admission to Heritage Crafts Weekend is free for members or with the parking fee of $6 per personal vehicle. For more information, call 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

Dahlia Show Delights the Senses at The NC Arboretum

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The rewards of spring and summer come full bloom at The North Carolina Arboretum this fall as hundreds of dahlias in rainbow colors and in widely ranging forms and sizes will be on display on September 12 and September 13.

The Carolinas Dahlia Society’s Annual Judged Show is a perfect follow-up to the May sales that provide guests with an opportunity to learn more about how to grow dahlias as well as options to buy plant starters.

Guests to The NC Arboretum will be able to enjoy the shows and flower sales as well as trail walks, family activities, and exhibits.

Exhibitors from five states, including commercial and amateur growers from our local mountains, upstate South Carolina, Metro-Atlanta, southeast Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and the North Carolina Piedmont, will participate. The Flower Displays will contain blossoms in every color except black, blue or green; in every size from ¾ inch to over 12 inches in diameter; in over 17 distinct forms
recognized by the American Dahlia Society.

Dahlia Society members will answer questions and offer advice on cultivating dahlias, and flowers will be available for purchase while supplies last. The Dahlia 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.

Scenic Savings: Fall Color Ablaze at The NC Arboretum

Friday, August 21st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Natural beauty comes in a kaleidoscope of colors each fall at The North Carolina Arboretum – a beautiful bargain at only $6 per vehicle.

Vibrant colors amid trees, shrubs, and perennials delight the senses at the Arboretum. Director of Horticulture Alison Arnold notes that many colors brighten the landscape, including brilliant reds from dogwood and maple trees, blazing oranges from black gum and persimmon trees, and glittering gold from a variety of shrubs and perennials.

Surrounded by the Southern Appalachian mountains and adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, the Arboretum is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.

Within its 434 acres, the Arboretum offers 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, a state-of-the-art production greenhouse, and one of the finest bonsai collections in the Southeastern United States. Engaging exhibits about science, art, and culture are featured year-round in the Baker Exhibit Center.

Visitors during fall also have an opportunity to attend the Carolina Bonsai Expo, held at The North Carolina Arboretum every second weekend in October. This two-day horticultural extravaganza, situated in the midst of the colorful mountains during fall foliage season, features a juried display of bonsai by clubs from across a six-state region, a renowned bonsai marketplace, workshops, free demonstrations, and a popular Ikebana exhibit.

For information, call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

Gardening Symposium at Arboretum Celebrates Great Plants with National Experts

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

NC Arboretum

ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum’s “Speaking of Gardening” symposium brings six highly regarded designers, research specialists and nurserymen to the region on Aug. 28 and Aug. 29 to celebrate and explore great plants, new ideas and inspiration.

Symposium topics include private and public garden design, new plants from NCSU plant research program, designing with grasses, new perennials from Jelitto and the Human Flower Project.

Expert talks by nationally known innovators are a highlight of the “Speaking of Gardening” symposium. Presentations for the 2009 series include:

Allen Bush: In the Company of Plantsmen Explore the values, mission and plants of Jelitto Seeds. Jelitto has specialized in production, cultivation and seed technology since 1957 and supplies seeds for over 3,000 perennials, ornamental grasses, aromatic herbs and more. In addition to headquarters in Germany, Jelitto has offices in the USA, UK and Japan.

John Hoffman: Ornamental Grasses in Today’s Garden Using stunning photography and 25 years of experience, John Hoffman brings you the latest scoop on ornamental and native grasses. Gardeners, designers and landscapers will discover outstanding grasses and grasslike plants to use as architectural specimens, decorative-urn focal points, and in sweeps and masses. John will highlight tough-as-nails superstars, wonderful grasses that pack brute strength and environmental muscle into their good looks. In addition, you will get a peak at new varieties that excite the senses and spur the imagination.

Tom Ranney: Making Plants from Scratch Learn how over the centuries, plant breeding has transformed and vitalized agriculture, civilization, and our gardens. Natural biodiversity in the plant kingdom provides the raw ingredients for fostering new plants with enhanced pest resistance, adaptability, and dazzling garden appeal. A firm scientific foundation coupled with the vagaries and randomness of genetic recombination can result in outcomes that defy imagination. The basic how-to of plant breeding and exciting new hybrids will be presented.

Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd: Our Life in Gardens Enjoy a highly personal account of over 30 years of experience in the making of North Hill, which the garden historian Mac Griswold has called “one of the best private gardens in North America.” This lecture is not only a biography of a mature garden and autobiography of a relationship, but also includes valuable information on garden design and on the cultivation of rare and unusual plants.

Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd: North Hill through Four Seasons Tour of one of America’s most celebrated private gardens as it changes through the seasons from spring to winter. Though North Hill is located in southern Vermont, Eck and Winterrowd, both professional landscape designers, have worked in climates as varied as San Diego, Montreal, Chicago and Kentucky. This lecture will be both an intimate tour of their garden and also a primer on essential questions of garden design.

Allen Bush: Stories from the Human flower Project and Beyond Take a look inside The Human Flower Project, an international newsgroup, photo album and discussion of humankind’s relationship with the floral world. Various correspondents travel the globe and write about topics such as Art & Media, Cooking, Ecology, Gardening & Landscape, Medicine, Politics, Science and Travel. Learning the Lesson of Happiness: the A(ubergines), B(eets), C(arrots) (New Orleans), A Paris Garden with Iron Bones (Paris) and Hunter-Gatherer-Sculptor (Philadelphia) are a few titles and small sampling from Allen’s many submissions.

Fred Hooks: Each Garden Is Different: A 30-Year Conclusion Founded on Fred’s extensive experience, the lecture addresses Post Properties and their creative application of landscape techniques to continuous shrinking spaces and the use of unusual plants in the right places, turning landscape into garden. Fred will also look at the use of maples in the garden and a brief review of some exciting new introductions.

Continuing education credits are available. The “Speaking of Gardening” symposium is sponsored by patrons Joe Myers and Stephen B. Fisher and sponsors B.B. Barns, Inc, Snow Creek Landscaping, LLC, Doubletree Hotel Biltmore/Asheville, and Noland Interiors, Inc.

Registration includes seven lectures, a book signing, plant giveaway, lunches and snacks and is $98 for Arboretum Society members and $114 for the general public. The symposium is limited to 100 participants.

Register by calling 828-665-2492, Ext. 317 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

Nature’s Art on Display at The North Carolina Arboretum

Friday, July 31st, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Nature’s art comes to life at the NC Arboretum during a special exhibit featuring works by members of the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association, opening August 14 at the Education Center’s second-floor gallery.

The exhibit, which runs through November 15, promotes an appreciation of our natural gifts and treasures.

The Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association (CNPA) has an ongoing effort to preserve the environment of the Carolinas through photography. The association sponsors and is involved in many projects that promote protection and understanding of the environment.

Members learn and share their skills through networking, workshops, field outings and meetings.

For more information about CNPA, visit websites, www.cnpa.org and www.cnpa-asheville.org

Nature’s Art on Display at The North Carolina Arboretum

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – Nature’s art comes to life at the North Carolina Arboretum during a special exhibit featuring works by members of the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association, opening August 14 at the Education Center’s second-floor gallery.

The exhibit, which runs through November 15, promotes an appreciation of our natural gifts and treasures. The Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association (CNPA) has an ongoing effort to preserve the environment of the Carolinas through photography. The association sponsors and is involved in many projects that promote protection and understanding of the environment.

Members learn and share their skills through networking, workshops, field outings and meetings.

For more information about CNPA, visit our websites, www.cnpa.org and www.cnpa-asheville.org