Meeting January 13, 2015

Our January 9th meeting was at the regular time of 9:30 am at the Town of Weaverville Community Room.

Our  speaker was Clara A. Curtis, Director for Design, Education and Exhibit Assets at the North Carolina Arboretum.  She discussed the history of the NC Arboretum and its mission programs.  NC Arboretum is located:

“…amid a 434-acre public garden located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. Surrounded by lush folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 393, and is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.

The North Carolina Arboretum is located on land within the Pisgah National Forest, and is operated under a special use permit issued by the National Forests in North Carolina.

Established in 1986 by the General Assembly as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina, the Arboretum was founded nearly a century after Frederick Law Olmsted, the ‘Father of American Landscape Architecture,’ first envisioned such an institution near Asheville as part of his legacy to the Biltmore Estate.”

From website: www.ncarboretum.org/about-us/

More than just a stunning display of nature, this jewel of our state has a mission with five components:

  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Garden Demonstration
  • Research
  • Economic Development

We learned that because of the massive cuts in state funding of our publicly supported university system, our arboretum has the extra job of increased fund-raising. This puts more responsibility on private sources and community support for fulfilling the mission. We are encouraged to take classes, participate in events, visit exhibits, and become active members of the NC Arboretum.

We learned that NC Arboretum is being gifted this year with the only statue in this country of Frederick Law Olmstead. We are encouraged to look for this and other new developments.

Clara A. Curtis, Director for Design, Education and Exhibit Assets at the North Carolina ArboretumClara A. Curtis, Director for Design, Education and Exhibit Assets at the North Carolina Arboretum and garden club members

Meeting December 9, 2014

The Wonderful World of Herbs can be yours with just a little bit of effort.  We enjoyed this presentation  by our member Penelope Welch Tuesday, December 9th at Weaverville Town Hall Community Room starting at 9:30.  She presented ways to enjoy fresh and dried herbs every day in your home the easy way.  Penelope, an avid gardener, shared easy and creative ways to use herbs, not just in cooking, but in home for  pest control, air fresheners, and gifts.

She discussed which herbs are very easy to grow, which ones are perennials (most years) and how to preserve them for year round enjoyment as well as nutritional benefits.

You are invited to contact Penelope for any questions about growing herbs at her new email address: thejoyofherbs@gmail.com .

Recommended Resources:
Wonderful World of Herbs
Penelope Welch

Regular meeting was held afterwards.

Comments:

the blue swallowtail butterfly caterpillar feasting on my dill
Sharing dill with  blue swallowtail butterfly caterpillar

Meeting November 11, 2014

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. 

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