Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ambling through the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville

Gloriosa Daisy
A moth perches on daisies in front of the Education Center at the North Carolina Arboretum

In mid-June, while motoring through the Southern Appalachian Mountains, I discovered the North Carolina Arboretum, located a short distance from my route. I spent part of my morning there ambling through the gardens.

The Arboretum charges a per vehicle fee which is waived for members. As I am not a member and was traveling alone, my admission fee was in effect $12 - several dollars more than I expected to pay. 

Yet, after visiting, I'd do it again - and allow more time for exploring. The property includes 65 acres of cultivated gardens and more than 10 miles of hiking trails - far too much ground to cover in less than two hours. I did have time, however, to stop by the Heritage Garden, the Quilt Garden, the Stream Garden, the Bonsai Exhibition Garden, and the Plants of Promise Garden.

The Quilt Garden  
Hydrangea maculata "Lisbelle"
Shade loving Hosta "Allen P. McConnell"
Spiky shapes and shadows add interest
Plant markers identify species
A soothing waterfall fountain

Wisteria vines wind up tree
Education Center porch
Daisies galore at the Entrance Plaza
Shade loving plants grow in front of the Baker Exhibit Center
I'm a huge fan of Japanese maples
On my way back to the Interstate, I stopped by the Eden Brothers warehouse and went a little crazy buying seeds. That's what happens when a gardener leaves paradise. 

The North Carolina Arboretum
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  1. Lovely photos. I'll be going to NC next week and will try to stop by there too.

    1. Thanks, Jo Anne. It's well worth the parking fee. Just make sure you allow at least half a day.

  2. BTW, is this connected to the Biltmore estate?

    1. Not really, although Frederick Law Olmsted came up with the idea of an arboretum while designing Biltmore's landscape. The Arboretum is located near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Address: 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, North Carolina 28806-9315. Would love to hear what you think after your visit.