Garden Journal

Make dad happy: In the past you’ve given him neckties, wallets, Beer Nuts and a universal remote control, but what Dad really hopes for this Father’s Day is a ticket for Quality Forward’s annual Father’s Day Garden Tour on Sunday, June 15.

And who can blame him? Featured during this year’s tour will be water gardens, where koi swim in lazy circles and lilies unfurl their fragrant blooms.  The tour sets out from the Buyer’s Agent Realty office at the head of Montford Avenue and goes from l to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

Tickets are $20 apiece or two for $35, with all funds going to benefit the environmental quality and beautification nonprofit. Vans will be available for those who do not wish to walk or drive.
“Every year there are more and better gardens to revel in,” says garden writer Peter Loewer, who will be on hand for the event with expert advice. Quality Forward is Asheville and Buncombe County’s Keep America Beautiful program affiliate, celebrating its 35th year of “working for a clean and green community.” The Father’s Day Garden Tour has been an annual event for more than 25 years. For more information, call 254-l776.

Oldies but goodies: The N.C. Urban Forest Council will host a one-day Conservation Arboriculture workshop featuring Philip van Wassenaer and Neville Fay on Monday, June 16, at the Biltmore Estate. The workshop will focus on the honorable work of keeping mature trees alive and well. Visit the council’s Web site ( or call (336) 774-0215 for details.


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