Cradle of Forestry hosts “Garden Day” May 6

From the USDA:

Cradle of Forestry Presents Garden Day

PISGAH FOREST, N.C. – April 28, 2017- The Cradle of Forestry invites the public to learn about the Cradle’s gardens on Saturday, May 6, and lend a hand preparing them for the growing season. While working alongside interpreters, visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss goals, successes and challenges that all gardeners can relate to in Western North Carolina.

The day’s schedule includes:

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: first plantings in the heritage garden along the Biltmore Campus Trail.
  • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: cleaning up the Cradle’s National Wildlife Federation certified backyard wildlife habitat and pollinator garden.
  • 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: making native pollinator seed bombs and catapulting them into the meadow conversion sites; take some home with you.
  • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Why Are We Letting the Grass Grow?: indoor presentation focusing on the Cradle of Forestry’s efforts to convert lawn areas to meadow.
  • 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: walk following the presentation to the monarch waystation where we talk about host and nectar plants.

Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age. Friends of the Cradle, America the Beautiful passes, Golden Passports and Every Kid in a Park passes are honored. Admission includes the new film, First in Forestry: Carl Alwin Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School, hands-on exhibits, a scavenger hunt, a firefighting helicopter simulator, historic cabins and antique equipment on two paved trails. It also includes the Adventure Zone, an activity designed to reach children with autism and engage young families. Lunch is available for purchase from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. from the Café at the Cradle.

The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest along the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412. For more information call (828) 877-3130 or visit www.cradleofforestry.com.

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