Garden Journal

Old apples, new tricks: Tom Brown, heritage-apple enthusiast, collector and propagator, will talk about the virtues of Heirloom Apples, the importance of preserving them and his adventures scouting them out. He’ll also discuss and demonstrate grafting and more. The free seminar will be held at Reems Creek Valley Nursery (70 Monticello Road in Weaverville) on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 10:30 a.m. Pre-register by calling 645-3937.

Tiny timber: The North Carolina Arboretum will host its 11th Annual Carolina Bonsai Expo on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15, from noon to 4 p.m. The expo will present “exquisite examples of bonsai” from Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. In addition, the Arboretum will be celebrating the first anniversary of the opening of the $1.8 million Bonsai Exhibition Garden, which has garnered national attention. There’s no charge to attend the expo, although usual parking fees will apply. For more information, call 665-2492 or visit

Trouble in mind: The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers will hold the last plant-problem clinic of the season on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the WNC Farmers Market on Brevard Road. Stop by their table in the breezeway between the retail buildings to ask gardening questions or bring a plant or insect sample for diagnosis.

NOTE: The Xpress garden section will be turned under for the season after Oct. 18; look for it again when the crocuses are in bloom.

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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