Garden Journal

This is the last time we’ll tell you: The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) will hold its annual Mountain Farm and Garden Tour on Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29, from 1 to 6 p.m. both days.

Tour participants will see a surprising diversity of agricultural operations, from generations-old family farms to community-supported agriculture (CSA) schemes to school gardens tended by children, enjoying the sights, tasting the bounty and marveling at the gentle-spirited animals.

“[The Farm and Garden Tour] gets people to the farm to see where and how food is grown in the region, helps them appreciate the beauty and work of farming, and lets them connect personally with farmers,” says Elizabeth Gibbs of Firefly Farm in Burnsville, who helps organize the event.

One button gives everyone in a car access to every event all weekend.  Buttons are $25 on the day of the tour, or $20 in advance. Visit for information on where to buy and more details.

Lily-palooza: Billed as a “must-see for daylily enthusiasts,” the Western North Carolina Daylily Club will host its annual Daylily Show and Sale at the North Carolina Arboretum on Saturday, June 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be held at the arboretum’s Education Center, and some of the best of the world’s more than 46,000 registered daylily varieties will be on display.


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