Garden Journal

Calling all plant lovers: UNCA’s biology department will hold its 36th annual Spring Wildflower and Bird Pilgrimage on Friday, May 2, through Sunday, May 4. The event comprises 12 sessions, including talks, walks and guided tours, all of which focus on local flora and fauna. 

Along with presentations on regional ecology and the Appalachian old-growth forests, the Pilgrimage features outings such as a birding trip to Craggy Gardens, a beginner’s wildflower identification trip, and tours of native flora.

Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the lobby of UNC Asheville’s Rhoades-Robinson Hall. Cost is a very affordable $5 for adults and $1 for students. For more information, call David Clarke, UNCA associate professor of biology, at 232-5151 or visit

Locavores gone wild: The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) announces the launch of a searchable local-food guide representing more than 300 farms, markets, grocers and organizations throughout the Carolinas.
The dude: Garden luminary Peter Loewer will bring a slide show and lecture on native plants to Reems Creek Nursery in Weaverville on Saturday, May 3, beginning at 2 p.m. The event is free, but registration is suggested. Call 645-3937 for more information.

Something rotten: The Buncombe Extension Master Gardeners share their knowledge of the art of backyard composting at the WNC Farmers Market on the second and fourth Saturday of each month between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Look for the bins.


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