Category Archives: Previous Meetings

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.

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.

February 2020 Meeting Announcement

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

Program: Integrated Pest Management in the Home Garden 

Tuesday, February 11 at 9:30 am

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

Alison Arnold, an NC State Agricultural Extension Agent, will discuss and lead a conversation about how you can apply Integrated Pest Management principles to your home garden.

“Quick fixes,” such as chemical controls (both organic and conventional) for pest management, do not always provide a long term solution and can also impact beneficial insects and other non-targeted organisms.  It’s time gardeners begin to make pest management choices utilizing a strategy of methods that provide long term environmentally supportive results.

Alison is responsible for all consumer horticulture topics in Buncombe County including the Buncombe Master Gardener 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 2020 Meeting Announcement

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

Program: FEAST – Empowerment through hands-on cooking & gardening education 

Tuesday, January 14 at 9:30 am

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

Cathy Cleary will speak about the FEAST program she co-founded in 2009. FEAST (the acronym for Fresh, Easy, Affordable, Sustainable, Tasty) is a program of the Asheville based Bountiful Cities nonprofit and is focused on empowering youth and families through hands-on cooking and gardening education.

Cathy is the author of The Southern Harvest Cookbook and The West End Bakery and Café Cookbook. She and her partner opened the West End Bakery and Café in 2000. As a cook, baker, gardener, and event planner she focuses on food equity and sustainable agriculture.

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.