The Garden Club of Weaverville’s Annual Rummage Sale, held on May 6th, was a huge success. Hand-blown glass artwork, rugs, garden tools, plants and more flew out the door at bargain prices.
Founded in 1973, the Garden Club is a co-ed non-profit open to everyone which works to contribute to the knowledge and enjoyment of gardening. The sale raised nearly $2000 this year and will provide funds for the beautification of downtown Weaverville parks, garden spaces and flower beds to help us keep Weaverville beautiful! Proceeds from the Rummage Sale also helps buy supplies for the holidays wreaths, ornaments for the trees we decorate in the heart of town, and helps us support the Main Street Nature Park.
A big thanks to all our members who supported the sale by donating items and giving their valuable time to help set up, price items, bake yummy goodies, provide food for the volunteers and work at the sale. Everyone’s participation is much appreciated and made our one and only yearly fundraiser so successful.
A special thanks to the Town of Weaverville for the use of the community center overlooking beautiful Lake Louise and to The Cottage Door Consignment Boutique which gives us hundreds of items to sell each year. Members can support the Garden Club all year long by taking items to the Cottage Door and donating them to be sold for the Garden Club’s account.
Thank you everyone,
Rummage Sale Committee
One of the perks of being a member of the Weaverville Garden Club is the chance to attend special events such as the guided tour of the Botanical Gardens at Asheville we took in May.
Club members enjoyed an intimate look at one of Asheville’s natural wonders, the Botanical Gardens. Garden Manager, Jay Kranyik’s guided tour included information about various plants, flowers and trees and colorful anecdotes about the four North Carolina State Champion Trees and two National Champion Trees the Gardens can boast of. The story of the Moon Tree is truly out of this world. It sprouted from a Sycamore seed that orbited the moon 34 times in the Apollo 14 capsule before taking root in 1976 and it now grows here.
What started as an old dairy farm in 1960 can now lay claim to being one of the finest examples of Southern Appalachian native plants in the country with the distinction of selecting and documenting those plants.
“The gardens honor the natural landscape and it’s incredible diversity,” said Jay Kranyik. “There are 650 different species in 10 contiguous acres. That makes for hyper compaction of biodiversity. Plus, one out of eight plants are rare or endangered.”
Several Garden Club members volunteer at the Botanical Gardens and happily pointed out the areas in which they work and shared some of the knowledge they’ve gleaned.
Afterwards, a leisurely picnic style potluck in the shade of the gazebo…the perfect spot to share a delightful lunch.
The gardens include a half mile walking path, two creeks and a Monarch Butterfly Way Station. They are free and open to the public from 10 AM – 4 PM daily with free parking on site. Pets and bikes are not allowed.
On Tuesday, June 13, the members of the Weaverville Garden Club will visit two area gardens. The first one is a large dry shade garden, and a wonderfully addressed landscaping challenge for anyone who has to deal with mature trees on their property. The second garden belongs to an experienced gardener and combines edible and native plants on a hilly site. This event is for our membership only and is one of the benefits of joining our little organization. Space is limited so RSVP to Annick Flaxman as soon as possible
On May 9, our members are invited to a very special picnic at the Asheville Botanical Gardens. We’ll arrive at the Gardens at 10:15 and meet the Gardens’ manager, Jay Kranyik, who will take us on a botanical journey of native discoveries, enlivened by lots of stories and interesting comments. We’ll then proceed to the meadow and gazebo area where we’ll have a casual picnic. There are two picnic tables there, and benches to sit in the gazebo. Please bring your own salad/sandwich, etc… as well as drinks. Some cookies or a simple shared dish would also be nice and in the casual spirit of the event. And come prepared with good walking shoes, as Jay is a fast walker!
If you wish to carpool, we’ll meet at the Weaverville Town Hall parking lot, and leave promptly for our destination at 9:45.
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