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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.