The Men’s Garden Club of Asheville has been devoted to the beautification of its city and the provision of scholarships for horticultural study for the past 68 years . There are currently eight sites—all of them municipal or at nonprofit agencies—that the club maintains. Each year the club helps subsidize the hanging baskets that grace Asheville’s downtown streets, and this year it will sponsor a Yard-of-the Month program. Asheville will host the American Botanical Association in April, and the Men’s Garden Club has been asked to work with the association in visits to some of the outstanding local gardens.
The Men’s Garden Club is not all about service. Members have fun and pursue their own continuing education, too. Each month there is a program open to the public on some phase of gardening, usually held at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville. The 85 members do their own propagation for the plant sales that finance the club’s projects, and meet frequently at the club’s horticultural center to plant, weed, transplant, fertilize or prune. Plants are sold at several local shows, such as Earth Day in Biltmore Village and the spring and fall sales at the Botanical Gardens. Club President Ross Jones says, “WNC has one of the richest botanical heritages in the country. Not only is it fun to garden in such a place, it is so rewarding.” For membership info: 645-3822. For general club info: www.mensgardenclubasheville.org.