The Garden Journal

Heritage Crafts Weekend: The North Carolina Arboretum’s newly renovated Heritage Garden presents a weekend of demonstrations, plant sales and musical performances on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Handmade products will be available for purchase, and regional nurseries will sell plants used in heritage-craft traditions. The Arboretum’s Heritage Garden includes many plants that support crafts such as dye-making, paper-making, and basket- and broom-making.

All activities are free to the public; usual parking fees apply. For more information, visit www.ncarboretum.org or call the Arboretum at 665-2492.

The Joys of Year-Round Gardening: The Buncombe County Master Gardeners will present a free Garden School on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the auditorium of the Folk Art Center, which is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway just off Highway 70.

The morning session, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will cover three topics: basic fall and winter gardening activities; dealing with mountain-gardening challenges; and how to extend the growing season. The afternoon session, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., will explore three different areas: creating interest in the winter landscape; renovating and revitalizing beds, borders and foundation plantings; and using native plants, especially as alternatives to invasive species. The half-day sessions will provide information for both beginners and veteran gardeners who are new to mountain conditions. Attendees may register for one or both sessions.

Enrollment is limited, so pre-registration, which guarantees both a place in the school and copies of handouts, is strongly encouraged. To pre-register and for more information, call the Buncombe County Extension office at 255-5522.

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About Cecil Bothwell
A writer for Mountain Xpress since three years before there WAS an MX--back in the days of GreenLine. Former managing editor of the paper, founding editor of the Warren Wilson College environmental journal, Heartstone, member of the national editorial board of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, publisher of Brave Ulysses Books, radio host of "Blows Against the Empire" on WPVM-LP 103.5 FM, co-author of the best selling guide Finding your way in Asheville. Lives with three cats, macs and cacti. His other car is a canoe. Paints, plays music and for the past five years has been researching and soon to publish a critical biography--Billy Graham: Prince of War:

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