Keeping a garden at home takes time and commitment. So what’s an aspiring gardener who’s short on time supposed to do? Join a group of like-minded gardeners for the Asheville E-Z Gardeners club and share the work with friends and neighbors.
The Asheville E-Z Gardeners, which was recently recognized as Club of the Year (small club division) by the Garden Club of N.C., is a haven for busy professionals who want to add a little green to their lives. The group takes on short-term community service projects that can be completed in a couple of days. They host weekend garden wine strolls, pick up littler on a “raggedy stretch” of Sweeten Creek Road, participate in community beautification projects and enjoy Sunday brunch meetings. Their motto is, “If it’s not E-Z, we don’t do it.”
The group will host a “Plants and Pints” garden sale at Wedge Brewery Company on Sunday, May 19 from 2-5 p.m. Rose geraniums, hostas, cacti, herb and vegetable starts are just a few of the plants that will be for sale, as well as “gently used” garden equipment.
The funds will support the club’s local projects, both present and future. The group is actively seeking organizations that could use a landscape makeover, such as a women’s shelter, children’s place, or other site that could “benefit from half a dozen of us coming over for a day to clear away overgrown vegetation and plant some appealing, low-maintenance landscape plants.”
The Asheville E-Z Gardeners work to dispel the myth of stodgy, uptight garden clubs. “The old-fashioned image of grandmotherly ladies dressing up for luncheons or tea parties and spending their time arranging flowers just didn’t appeal to us as relevant to our busy professional lives.” Members include a rocket scientist, web designer, writers, garden designers and a concert pianist. The club even has an official libation (homemade lemon balm-passionflower wine) that they sip as they “have fun together while learning.”
The club is open to novices who want to learn about gardening and experienced gardeners with knowledge to share. To find out about the Sunday, May 19 plant sale, visit http://avl.mx/th. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to join the club.