Category Archives: Meetings

All Club meetings are open to the public.

February Meeting – Pruning Woody Plants


The Garden Club of Weaverville
February 2023 Meeting 

Tuesday, February 14th at 9:30am via Zoom

Program: A Seminar on Pruning Woody Plants in the Landscape

It’s pruning season! Correctly pruning woody trees and shrubs improves their general appearance and promotes plant health. The North Carolina Arboretum has very graciously agreed to share this informative seminar with our members. In the (~70 minute) video that we will be viewing, professional horticulturist, and Weaverville neighbor, Ben Pick will discuss and demonstrate various types of pruning — structural, aesthetic, regenerative, and corrective — along with tools, techniques and timing, for successful pruning of small trees and flowering shrubs. Though it can be hard to know where to start, what to cut and what to leave, to keep trees and shrubs in your landscape healthy and beautiful, this seminar will help both with providing a thorough and practical approach while instilling confidence.  

Ben Pick grew up in Asheville and has been deeply influenced by the surrounding natural abundance of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He studied horticulture at NC State, then spent many years working in public and private gardens around the US and abroad, and a few farms too, learning everything he could about plants and how to push the limits with innovative growing and gardening. Ben and Sarah Coury own Saturnia Farm, a small specialty plant nursery focusing on unique perennials, native plants, and select trees and shrubs including native fruit trees, and on chemical-free growing practices. Saturnia Farm relocated to Weaverville in the aftermath of experiencing extensive flooding due to tropical storm Fred, and they are a wonderful addition to our community!

A business meeting will follow the program.

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.

January Meeting – Introduction to Wild Ones

We hope you will join
The Garden Club of Weaverville
for Our January 2023 Meeting 

Tuesday, January 10th at 9:30am via Zoom

Program: Wild Ones – Who they are, What they do, & Why it’s important

The Wild Ones nonprofit organization promotes environmentally friendly, sound landscaping to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities by:

  • providing free, educational resources and learning opportunities that are open to the public,
  • supporting the efforts of over 100+ local Wild Ones chapters and seedlings in 29 states
  • publishing a quarterly, award-winning Journal for members featuring current native plant information and resources
  • and offering free, professionally designed native garden templates for multiple regions in the United States.

Jill Spindler, the President of the Western NC Wild Ones chapter, will introduce us to the organization and the resources and opportunities they provide and promote.  

A transplant from South Dakota, Jill moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina in 2015 to put down roots.  With a background that ranged from practicing corporate law to teaching college writing to health coaching, she has finally parlayed her skills into making a living as a writer.  Her passions are many, though, and as varied as her career path.  A gardener since the tender age of two, Jill came to her love of native plants via the bugs – more specifically, the bugs that weren’t present on her non-native plants.  So, in her four years at her current home, she has worked to remove invasive species and plant myriad species of native plants, learning the skills of native plant propagation along the way and welcoming back an array of native insect life that delights her and her son.  Jill joined Wild Ones in 2020 and, upon realizing that there wasn’t a chapter in North Carolina, she decided to start one.

A business meeting will follow the program.

Speaker: Jill Spindler, WNC Wild Ones Chapter President

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.

December Meeting – Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants

We hope you will join
The Garden Club of Weaverville
for Our December 2022 Meeting 

Tuesday, December 13th at 9:30am via Zoom

Program: Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants

Invasive plants in the landscape often leave gardeners confused, frustrated and overwhelmed. GCW member and Master Gardener Volunteer John Bowen will help us cut through some of the confusion and empower us to start controlling invasive plants in our own landscapes and beyond. 

We will begin by learning more about identification of the invasive foes found locally, and then focus on approaches for controlling and removing these plants. John will leverage training videos featuring Bob Gale, Ecologist & Public Lands Director for MountainTrue, and will expand upon and reinforce Bob’s practical invasive removal tips. 

A business meeting will follow the program.

Speaker: John Bowen, EMGV

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 Meeting – Wildwood Herbal Produce Sharing Initiatives

We hope you will join
The Garden Club of Weaverville
for Our November 2022 Meeting 

Tuesday, November 8th at 10:00am via Zoom

Program: Learn About Wildwood Herbal’s Local Produce Sharing Initiatives

Since, 2020, Wildwood Herbal Farm located in the Reems Creek Valley has supplied area food pantries with over 35,000 lbs. of organic produce, supplied freshly harvested produce to serve over 9,000 side dishes to Meals on Wheels homebound older adults, and in January 2022 entered into a partnership with Council on Aging Asheville Buncombe County supplying 200 CSA boxes of freshly harvested vegetables every week to the 4 senior centers serving older adults living with food insecurity. The farm is run by a multigenerational volunteer workforce. Diane Saccone will explain these local food sharing programs (and volunteer opportunities) at Wildwood Herbal. 

Diane volunteers extensively with and helps guide strategy for Wildwood Herbal. In 2011, she established an experimental winter market to help farmers remain solvent during the winter months. This led to the expansion of a permanent winter market model that was taken over by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) where it still flourishes today with close to 60 vendors. When not at the Wildwood Herbal farm or teaching yoga, Diane enjoys nurturing her gardens, practicing wildcrafting and traveling with her husband of 40+ years.

A business meeting will follow the program.

Speaker: Diane Saccone

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.