The JC Raulston
Private Gardens of Asheville
- Catherine Maxwell, Arboretum Development
- Jonathan Nyberg, Arboretum Staff
- Box 7609
- Raleigh, NC 27695-7609
- Voice: (919) 515-3132
- Fax: (919) 515-7747
- Saturday, June
Depart 7:00 AM from the JC Raulston Arboretum, 4301 Beryl Rd. Raleigh, NC. We will drive directly to eat lunch at the house of Peter and Jasmine Gentling, (formerly the summer house of Herbert Hoover), who have a magnificent garden of textural plants with a Japanese influence. Mid-afternoon we visit Peter and Kathy Wallenborn's garden, a controlled patchwork of perennials, annuals, shrubs and conifers. We'll stay in downtown Asheville at the Interstate Motel. Those of you who have been on trips with JC will remember this as his favorite budget motel within walking distance of downtown. This tour is priced with and without motel accommodations because we know people have friends they may wish to stay with in Asheville. Dinner and the evening are on your own. If you don't already know about all the wonderful restaurants, coffeehouses and shops in downtown Asheville, you're in for a real surprise!
- Sunday, June
At 8:45 AM we will leave for two private gardens. Our host will be garden writer Peter Loewer. He will first show us his garden, which is an eclectic blend of many plants and includes a marvelous view of Lake Kennilworth. Then we move next door to the magnificent garden created over a 40 year period by Doan Ogden. It has continued to flourish under the able stewardship of John Cram. After lunch downtown, you may wish to stay in town to browse the great antique stores, relax at a cafe, visit friends, or anything else you might fancy. The bus will leave for a trip to Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Though not a private garden, there are many private spots one could hike to. Of course, the weather will be sparkling so the views form the parkway will be breathtaking. We also hope to catch the Catawba rhododendrons in full-bloom. We leave Asheville at 5:00 PM, arriving at the JC Raulston Arboretum around 10:00 PM; tired, but quite satisfied by the companionship of the weekend and the glorious sights from the private gardens of Asheville.
Price: $145.00, includes: bus transportation as outlined above, lunch on Saturday, all garden entrance fees, double accommodation Saturday night. Without accommodations: $115.00. Single accommodations: $175.00. Minimum 25 participants, maximum 45 participants.
To register, send your name, address, phone number (day and evening) and payment (made out to: NC Agricultural Foundation) to: JC Raulston Arboretum, Asheville Tour, Box 7609, NCSU, Raleigh, NC 27695. Phone: 919-515-3132 for further information.