Garden Journal

The host with the most: These may be tough times for wildlife, but one Western North Carolina town intends to make life a little easier on our furred, feathered and scaled friends.

Weaverville has registered with the National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat project (www.nwf.org/backyard), which has certified more than 85,000 sites nationally—yards, schools, parks, businesses and parks—as providing adequate habitat for wildlife.

If Weaverville succeeds in its goal to become critter-friendly, it will join just one other North Carolina community with NWF certification, according to local coordinator Alicia Hulse. The program encourages sustainable lawn and garden practices, the use of native plants, composting and the removal of invasive plants. To learn more about the effort, contact Hulse at 645-5658. 

Who’s got orchid fever?: You may not know your Ascoglossum from a hole in the ground, but don’t let that stop you from attending the Western North Carolina Orchid Society’s Juried Show and Sale, scheduled for Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30, at the North Carolina Arboretum.

This year’s floral gala is titled “Islands of Orchids,” and will include displays, talks, questions answered and more Cattleyas than you can shake an aerial root at. If you’re an orchid aficionado or just a lover of beautiful things, you owe it to yourself to be there.

The show is free and open to the public, and runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The arboretum’s parking fees do apply. Visit the society’s Web site (www.wncos.org) for more information.

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