On Tuesday November 11, at 9:30AM, the Garden Club of Weaverville presented a program on gardening with native plants, with guest speaker and member Dr. Alicia Hulse.
Alicia discussed the “whys and hows” of gardening with native plants. Dr. Hulse made a compelling case for understanding why native plants are so important for recovering and sustaining the health of our entire ecosystem. We were informed about the 2 projects that have brought us many resources specific to the Town of Weaverville: Invasive Exotic Plant Management Plan and Weaverville Wildlife Habitat.
Attendees were shown the new section of our club website, Gardening with Native Plants. All are encouraged to visit and share our website with the extensive native gardening resources, starter projects, and seasoned advice on “going native” in your own yard. Annotated resources for choosing and purchasing native plants are included with some printable versions and digital brochures.
The meeting took place at the Weaverville Townhall Community Room.
New website address: gardenclubofweaverville.org
The event was free and open to the public.
We all enjoyed the lovely Ikebana program and demonstration by Suzanne Dillingham of Barnardsville.
Suzanne is a member of the Asheville Ikebana Chapter #74 and the Asheville Ichiyo Chapter. She has studied in the Ichiyo school for the past nine years and is a Junior Master Instructor. Prior to moving to North Carolina in 2002, she completed five years of studies in the traditional Ikebana school.
Gardening being her first love, she was happy to share with the Club how we can bridge our creativity in the garden with the Japanese art form of flower arranging known as Ikebana. She discussed the method and philosophy of Ikebana as she demonstrated the process of creating elegant floral arrangements with structure provided by natural objects mostly found around her property. These photos give only a hint of the beauty of this art form.
We will post on this website Suzanne’s classes when she gets them going.
Regular meetings are held at the Weaverville Town Hall Community Room. Our website is now: gardenclubofweaverville.org
Ikebana demonstration composition
Exquisite Red Dogwood Structure
Ikebana Sunflower Composition
Prepping Materials for next Ikebana demonstration
The Weaverville Nature Park. We will start with a casual discussion of our summer: whether we stayed home to garden or took some interesting trips. Margaret McLeod will give a short history of the park, followed by a walk in the park itself, to take note of the progress in its development. We will then have our own celebration of the Club’s 40th anniversary, with a visit to the newly installed Dale Rogers sculpture, “Two Roads.”
We will meet at the regular time and location: 9:30 AM at the Weaverville Town Office/Hall Community Room, 30 South Main Street, Weaverville, NC 28787
Public is welcomed.
Come to our final meeting of the year with a garden tour and picnic at the home of Annick . Bring a sun hat and sunglasses! Please come with your own lunch. Betty Jane will provide water bottles leftover from the Rummage sale … and she has plenty of good well water.
We will vote on next year’s officers and otherwise wrap up this amazing year.
We’ll meet at 9:30AM at the lower Townhall parking lot in order to carpool.