Garden Journal

Stop and smell the flowers: The beauty and bounty of our Appalachian woods may seem like window-dressing to most people, but plant lovers know different.

And there are few better ways to learn about and see wildflowers than by joining the 58th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage, set for April 23 to 27 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Registration is open for the event.

The Pilgrimage offers more than 150 programs, from walks and guided hikes to demonstrations and guest lectures. The subject will be the unmatched diversity of the Smokies’ temperate woods.

To learn more and to download registration information and a program schedule, visit the Web site (

Everybody must get stones: Walls, bridges, steps, arches, cairns, henges—what are you waiting for? A bit of knowledge, perhaps? Lucky for you, the Men’s Garden Club of Asheville ( will present “Drystone Masonry Landscaping,” a talk featuring Joe Dinwiddie, during its April 1 meeting.

Dinwiddie will provide an introduction to traditional dry-stone masonry, including basic structural concepts and photos of various projects he has completed. Dinwiddie is owner of Dinwiddie Drystone Masonry ( in the Asheville area.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, located at the corner of W.T. Weaver Boulevard and Broadway Avenue, near the UNCA campus. The public is welcome to attend, and there is no charge. For a bit of fellowship and snacks, club members and guests alike are encouraged to arrive early. Contact Donald Dossey at 712-1311 for details.


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