Garden Journal

Plant extravaganza: The Western North Carolina Farmers Market will play host to Growin’ in the Mountains, the 13th annual plant show and sale of the Blue Ridge Horticulture Association, on Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the event will feature a slew of vendors selling a wide variety of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees and vegetable starts, all grown within the region.

The Western North Carolina Farmers Market is located near the intersection of Interstates 26 and 40 on Brevard Road.

It’s alive!: The Black Mountain Beautification Committee will hold its annual Garden Show and Sale on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sutton Avenue, across from the Old Depot, downtown.

Expect a variety of annuals, perennials and ornamental and medicinal herbs, as well as native trees and shrubs and garden accessories from participating nurseries.

The show will also feature free workshops on composting and getting started with rain barrels. If that’s not enough, gardening guru Peter Loewer will be on hand to sign books and answer questions. For information, call Maggie at 669-6787.

They speak for the trees: “Hope for Hemlocks,” a benefit to help support saving hemlock trees in the South Toe area will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 3 to 11 p.m. at the Toe River Campground in Micaville. Sponsored by the Celo Community Forestry Committee and the Blue Ridge Resource Conservation and Development Council, the event will include a teach-in with hemlock experts, live music, good food, a raffle and more.

For information and directions, call Kathlene Stith at 675-0066 or e-mail her at


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