Garden Journal

Garden treasure: Fairview’s Imladris Farm wants you to traipse all over the countryside and support local farms along the way, so they’ve organized a treasure hunt. Clues will lead participants across Buncombe County. Successfully solved puzzles will lead to locations and identify items to be purchased. The first three participants to reach Imladris Farm with all of the items will receive gift baskets. Participants should budget $25 for the complete treasure hunt. The first clue will be posted at www.imladrisfarm.com on Friday, Oct. 12. Additional clues will become available on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 a.m. See the Web site for more info.

Enjoy a little fall: The North Carolina Arboretum presents its annual Bonsai Expo on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 14, from noon to 4 p.m. The Expo features the Arboretum’s world-class bonsai collection with miniature trees adorned in fall colors. In addition to displays and demonstrations, beginners’ bonsai and ikebana workshops are available for $55 for Arboretum members and $60 for nonmembers. The fee for Saturday evening’s feature presentation is $10 for Arboretum members, $13 for nonmembers, including parking. Preregistration is required for workshops and program. There is no charge for the expo, although usual parking fees apply.

To register or for more information visit www.ncarboretum.org or call 665-2492.

Shrooms any way you like ‘em: The WNC Mushroom Club will host a mushroomaganza at the Woodfin Community Center on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Presentations include: Happy Appy mycologist Dr. Coleman McCleneghan on identifying edible wild mushrooms; grower Greg Carter on growing shiitakes; Market Place chef Mark Rosenstein on making mushroom paté; and restaurant creations from Savoy, Vigne and Sunnyside Cafe. The cost is $12 per person.

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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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