Western North Carolina is home to cool mountain air, stunning vistas, and some of the Southeast's most gifted and passionate nurserymen. From prized orchids, to dwarf conifers, rare Japanese maples, and stunning native plants, get the insiders' tour as a VIP guest.
Three days, six nurseries, thousands of stunning plants—join Mark Weathington, the JCRA's assistant director and curator of collections, on a long weekend that will change your gardening perspective.
Appeldoorn Landscape Nursery – Specializing in evergreen and dwarf conifers, Appledorn also grows a wide variety of distinctive native plants, rock garden plants, woody landscape specimens, trees, and ornamental grasses.
Meadowbrook Nursery/We-Du Natives – Native azaleas, rhododendron, and mountain laurel headline an extensive list of southeastern plants in a 20 acre park-like setting complete with trails and a lovely lake. Meadowbrook Nursery may not be accepting visitors in September. If this is the case, we'll add another exciting nursery to our itinerary.
B. B. Barns Garden Center – Western North Carolina's largest selection of orchids and much, much more. B. B. Barns is a favorite shopping and plant education destination for serious gardeners from three states.
Nichols Nursery – Rare Japanese maples are the passion of the Nichols family. See more than a 100 hard-to-find species grown on site at their East Flat Rock nursery.
Mountain Meadows Nursery – Unusual evergreens, dwarf conifers, and miniature hosta are all grown on-site at this extraordinary 30 year old farm.
Western North Carolina Farmers Market (including Jesse Israel and Sons Nursery) – Legendary Asheville growers with a devoted clientele that crosses state lines to buy their top-performing plants.
Friday, September 7
Appeldoorn Landscape Nursery, Bostic
Meadowbrook Nursery/We-Du Natives, Marion
Saturday, September 8
B.B. Barns Garden Center, Arden
Nichols Nursery, East Flat Rock
Mountain Meadows Nursery, Weaverville
Sunday, September 9
Western North Carolina Farmer's Market (featuring Jesse Israel & Sons Nursery and various horticultural booths), Asheville
If you're traveling by yourself, but would like a roommate, please Chris Glenn at email@example.com or (919) 513-7005.
Cost: $235 per person based upon double occupancy, $325 per person based upon single occupancy. Payment includes the cost of travel, lodging, admissions, lunch on Saturday, and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
Registration: Please call (919) 513-7005 to register for this trip. Registrations are due by August 7, 2012. Payment is due at registration. Late registrations may be possible, but the price may vary.
Cancellation: Cancellations can be made through August 1, 2012 (Wednesday). No refunds will be made after August 1, 2012. A $25.00 cancellation fee applies.
Location: Appeldoorn Landscape Nursery, Meadowbrook Nursery/We-Du Natives, B.B. Barns Garden Center, Nichols Nursery, Mountain Meadows Nursery, Western North Carolina Farmer's Market (featuring Jesse Israel & Sons Nursery and various horticultural booths), all in western North Carolina.
Directions: We're departing from the JCRA at 8:00 AM on Friday. Need directions? Click here.
Parking: Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Questions: Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this trip.