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December 8, 2020 Meeting Announcement

We hope you will join
The Garden Club of Weaverville
for Our December Meeting

Program: An Update on Recent Work of the Bountiful Cities Non-Profit

Tuesday, December 8 at 9:30 am

via Zoom
[Zoom meeting link will be sent to Club members prior to the meeting]

Cathy Cleary will update our group on the recent work of the Bountiful Cities organization for which she is the outreach coordinator. 

Bountiful Cities is an Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Non-Profit working towards long-term food security for our community. As is true for many organizations in 2020 they have had to get creative! Their educational programming has shifted largely to virtual platforms (see the photo below of Jordan giving a virtual garden tour to 4th graders on her phone!) and instead of working with kids in school gardens they have relied on volunteers to do the work that many small hands usually do during school days. They have directed food from donors and gardens to communities that are most marginalized, and many of the gardens in our community garden network have focused more on growing more to donate.  They recognize the need for resilience and are so grateful to volunteers and supporters who have helped them continue to do the work of serving our community. 

The Garden Club of Weaverville is a co-ed, non-profit organization open to everyone. For more information on what we do, becoming a member or supporting the club visit our website.

November 2020 Meeting Announcement

We hope you will join
The Garden Club of Weaverville
for Our November Meeting

Program: Planting for Resilient Landscapes – Presented by Nina Shippen 

 

Tuesday, November 10 at 9:30 am

– via Zoom –
* Zoom details sent to Club members prior to the meeting
* Visit Join us! on our website to become a member
 

Over time, the plantings in our urban and suburban gardens tend to become less like naturally occurring plant communities. Nina Shippen will share her insights on inviting wildness back into our gardens by designing landscapes that look and function more like they do in the wild: resilient, diverse, and visually harmonious. The underlying concepts in Nina’s presentation are drawn from the book Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West. This book is dedicated to the idea of a ‘new nature’  – a hybrid of both the wild and the cultivated – that can flourish in our cities and suburbs. It includes practical guidelines for how to incorporate and layer plants into plant communities to create an environment that is reflective of natural systems and thrives within our altered landscapes.

Nina Shippen practices residential landscape and garden design that focuses on coupling the principles of healing gardens with sound ecologic practices to create satisfying gardens for her clients. A graduate of the landscape design program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, she has lived and gardened in Transylvania County since 2005. She has taught several courses at NC Arboretum since 2009. Currently, she teaches the introductory classes for the Ecological Gardening certificate program, landscape design, slopes, and healing gardens.

The Garden Club of Weaverville is a co-ed, non-profit organization open to everyone. For more information on what we do, becoming a member or supporting the club visit our website.

In-person Meetings Suspended

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our in-person meetings have been suspended

* Updates will be posted when decisions are finalized regarding the upcoming season *

Announcements about ongoing monthly maintenance of the Weaverville downtown gardens will be sent to Club members

 

The Garden Club of Weaverville is a co-ed, non-profit organization open to everyone. For more information on what we do, becoming a member or supporting the club visit our website.

March 2020 Meeting Announcement

We hope you will join
The Garden Club of Weaverville
for Our March Meeting

Program: Integrating Natives Into An        Existing Garden and Landscape 

Tuesday, March 10 at 9:30 am

In the Weaverville Town Hall Community Room
[30 South Main Street]

Pat Sommers, owner of Natural Selections Nursery in Weaverville, will be presenting a program on “Integrating an established garden/landscape with natives.”  Her talk will feature a variety of southern Appalachian native perennials for sun/shade, wet-dry conditions, small and large spaces.  We will also discuss how native perennials enhance our gardens and why they are important to the ecology of our larger landscape.
Pat’s background:
Natural Selections Nursery:  Pat started growing southern Appalachian natives from seed 11 years ago when she moved to this area.  She moved to Weaverville in 2015 and have been steadily growing since then.
Pat studied horticulture/landscape design  at the Chicago Botanic Garden, including an internship in plant breeding and plant evaluation.

Native plant background:

  • Her Mother taught her about the native plants of  New England through walks in the woods for many years.
  • Worked as an outdoor volunteer for 9 years at Asheville Botanical Garden.
  • Has taught a number of classes in how to grow natives and the importance of their place in various ecosystems.
  • Can be frequently found hunched over a plant on the side of a trail any place in the area!

Gardening with Perennial Native Plants
Gardening with Perennial Native Plants

The Garden Club of Weaverville is a co-ed, non-profit organization open to everyone. For more information on what we do, becoming a member or supporting the club visit our website.