The North Carolina Arboretum celebrates bright blooms as it hosts major flower shows that showcase spring’s beauty. And spring is a great time to visit on any day!
January 26-May 19, 2013: A Painter's Journey: Watercolors by Ann Vasilik
Also see this fabulous art show during your Spring visit. Read more and see photos of exhibit.
March 23-24, 2013:
WNC Orchid Society fill the Education Center in this judged show that also features orchid plants and supplies for sale by world class vendors. Read more about the Orchid Show.
May 4-5, 2013: Rhododendron & Azalea Flower Show
American Rhododendron Society Southeast Show features hundreds of blooms, education classes, plant and supply vendors, along with Rhododendron Society members to answer questions and provide growing advice. Spring and summer blooming rhododendrons and azaleas are favorites of the weekend.
The North Carolina Arboretum is home to the National Native Azalea Collection, and visitors are encouraged to explore the collection, located along Bent Creek, representing nearly every species native to the United States.
May 11, 2013: Dahlia Tuber and Mum Plant Sale
A wide variety of dahlia tubers and chrysanthemum rooted cuttings featuring cultivated varieties will be available for purchase. Learning from Dahlia and Mum Society experts, visitors can uncover the secrets of how to produce plants with show quality blooms. Varieties will include traditional favorites as well as the latest cultivars to start the growing season.
May 18-19, 2013: Ikebana Exhibit
The Japanese art of flower design, as presented by the Asheville Chapter of Ikebana International, will be on display. A trio of quilts, crafted by students of chapter member Norma Bradley’s ikebana and tea ceremony residency at Black Mountain Elementary, will also be featured in the exhibition.
May 25-26, 2013: Rose Show
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 information about the selection, care, and history of roses. Educational programs will be offered throughout the weekend, including a special lecture presented by Paul Zimmerman, rose expert and author of the best-selling book, “Everyday Roses”, and a presentation by Biltmore Rosarian and Arboretum Board member, Lucas Jack, on the roses of Biltmore Estate.
Shows and events are free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($8 per personal motor vehicle). Visitors are encouraged to explore the Arboretum’s kaleidoscope of spring color, 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, engaging exhibits, and bountiful opportunities to connect with nature.
See our NC Arboretum Guide.
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