Also see Arboretum Special Exhibits
March 23-24, 2013: Orchid Society Show and Sale
Hundreds of orchids fill the Education Center in this annual judged show that also features orchid plant and supply vendors. Educational classes offered throughout the weekend, and Orchid Society members are available to answer questions and provide orchid-growing advice. Read more about the Orchid Show.
May 11, 2013: Dahlia Tuber Sale & Mum Plant Sale
A wide variety of dahlia tubers and chrysanthemum rooted cuttings featuring cultivated varieties are available. Learning from Dahlia and Mum Society experts, visitors can uncover the secrets of how to produce plants with show quality blooms. Read more about the Spring Flower Shows.
May 18-19, 2013: Ikebana Exhibit
May 25-26, 2013: Rose Exhibition
The annual Asheville-Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition features award-winning roses of every color and size. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide resources about selection, care and history of these beautiful garden plants. Rose plants and fertilizer for sale. Read more about the Spring Flower Shows.
July 13-14, 2013: Bamboo Festival
The American Bamboo Society’s Southeastern Chapter hosts this extremely popular event which features bamboo nurseries offering living bamboo plants as well as artists and crafters demonstrating and selling their products. Visitors learn about the artistic value and functionality of this remarkable grass. The weekend includes lectures, demonstrations, crafts, and plant sales. Read more about the Bamboo Festival.
August 23-24, 2013: Speaking of Gardening Symposium
Speaking of Gardening Symposium brings the world’s gardens to Asheville with international speakers. Read all about the Garden Symposium.
September 7, 2013: Fungi Fest
Asheville Mushroom Club’s popular FungiFest is a daylong celebration of fungi, featuring displays, classes and workshops. At the heart of this year’s event will be a vast display of wild mushrooms in their varied colors and forms. Members of the Asheville Mushroom Club will be on hand to answer questions, and vendors will offer mushroom art, edible mushrooms and grow-your-own kits. For those who want to learn more, there will be mushroom walks led by experts, as well as classes on mushroom identification, the role of mushrooms in the environment, the healing properties of mushrooms and cooking with mushrooms.
September 28, 2013: Heritage Craft Day (See Fall at NC Arboretum)
The North Carolina Arboretum celebrates Southern Appalachian traditions during Heritage Crafts Day, 11 AM until 4 PM. Features artists and crafters whose work reflects the heritage of Western North Carolina. Much of the artistic expression of mountain crafts originates from the character and nature of plants. Fine crafts made from local and natural materials will be highlighted, as will art created from recycled and sustainable sources. All art and craft represented is original and handcrafted by the exhibitors.
October 12-13, 2013: Carolina Bonsai Expo (See Fall at NC Arboretum)
This two-day horticultural extravaganza, situated in the midst of the colorful mountains, features a display of bonsai from enthusiasts in a six-state region, live demonstrations, workshops, and a popular bonsai marketplace. It’s also the perfect occasion to explore the Arboretum’s Bonsai Exhibition Garden, which offers a world-class display that innovatively establishes bonsai in the context of the Southern Appalachians.
October 19-20, 2013: NC Chrysanthemum Society Annual Show (See Fall at NC Arboretum)
The North Carolina Arboretum in Fall is ablaze with color in fall, and the North Carolina Chrysanthemum Society’s Annual Show is a perfect occasion to celebrate the fall foliage season. The popular annual judged show showcases hundreds of chrysanthemum blooms in vibrant and varied colors. The exhibits will be judged by Accredited National Chrysanthemum judges and strict NCS standards and highlights the exceptional variety in size, shape and color of these popular fall flowers. Visitors are invited to enjoy educational talks on chrysanthemum growing.
See our North Carolina Arboretum Guide.
The mission of The North Carolina Arboretum is to cultivate connections between people and plants.
The North Carolina Arboretum is located next to the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance ramp at Milepost 393. From I-26, take Exit 33 and follow Blue Ridge Parkway signs for two miles to the entrance ramp. Arboretum grounds are open 7 days a week. Property hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., April-October and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., November-March. The Visitor Education Center and Bonsai Exhibition Garden are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from Noon to 5 p.m. Parking Fees: $8 per personal motor vehicle, $30 commercial vehicles, $50 motorcoaches/buses. Parking is free all day on the first Tuesday of each month. No charges apply for pedestrians, bicyclists or North Carolina Arboretum Society members. Click here to visit their Web site.