See the area's tiniest leaf color show with their large Bonsai collection - both at the Bonsai exhibit and in the Greenhouses.
October 12-13, 2013: Carolina Bonsai Expo
Asheville transforms into the bonsai capital of the Southeast as the Arboretum hosts the Carolina Bonsai Expo. Find an abundance of miniature trees and landscapes, creatively displayed at the Arboretum’s Education Center. This two-day horticultural extravaganza, situated in the midst of the colorful mountains during fall foliage season, features a juried display of bonsai by clubs from across the southeast, a renowned bonsai marketplace, workshops, free demonstrations, and a popular Ikebana exhibit. The expo is also a perfect occasion to explore the Arboretum’s Bonsai Exhibition Garden, a world-class display that innovatively establishes bonsai in the context of the Southern Appalachians. The two-day event features workshops for those interested in learning bonsai and ikebana techniques from master artists.
It is open from 9 AM until 5 PM Saturday, and 9 AM until 4 PM Sunday.
There is no charge for visitors to attend the Carolina Bonsai Expo although usual parking fees apply.
October 19-20, 2013: North Carolina Chrysanthemum Society’s Annual Show
Hundreds of chrysanthemum blooms will fill the Arboretum Education Center in a kaleidoscope of vivid colors. This annual show is judged by expert accredited National Chrysanthemum judges from across the country according to strict National Chrysanthemum Society standards and highlights the exceptional variety in size, shape and color of these popular fall flowers. The show is a perfect opportunity to learn more about how to grow display or show quality chrysanthemums. Enjoy the shows and flower sales as well as trail walks, family activities, and exhibits. Hours for Saturday are 1-5 PM, and hours on Sunday are 1-4 PM.
November 9, 2013: Geocaching Day
The high-tech treasure hunt activity known as geocaching is gaining popularity in the mountains of western North Carolina and around the world. The Arboretum owns and maintains several active geocaches located within the borders of the Arboretum by special use permit from the United States Forest Service. The first geocaches on property were placed in the summer of 2009. In honor of Geocaching Day, guests are invited to seek five new traditional geocaches, as well as a special nature-themed “series” cache. As an added bonus to commemorate these caches, special “First To Find” geocoins will be placed in each new geocache, and the first 25 individuals to find all six new geocaches will win a free Arboretum t-shirt. Experienced geocachers with their own equipment may begin seeking caches as early as 9 a.m. Newcomers to the sport may borrow a GPS unit, donated by Diamond Brand Outdoors, and join an Arboretum Educator for a guided adventure from 10 to 11:30 AM or 2 to 3:30 PM.
To plan a visit, see our North Carolina Arboretum Guide.