May 3-5, 2013
If you love mountain wildflowers, don't miss Asheville's 41st Annual Spring Wildflower and Bird Pilgrimage, a three-day event sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Asheville Biology Department and the Botanical Gardens at Asheville. Because of its great age, the Appalachian region has a rich assortment of wildflowers unequaled on the continent, and flowering plants abound in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the spring. Tours are designed to be informative and enjoyable so you will leave with a fuller appreciation of the beauty of our region's wildflowers and bird life.
Registration for field trips begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the lobby of Robinson Hall on the UNC Asheville campus. Signs on campus will direct you. The registration fee ($5 for adults and $1 for students) covers all events. Activities will take place regardless of weather conditions. Be prepared for rain and bring a lunch for morning or all-day trips. A hand lens or magnifying glass will be useful for wildflower tours, as will binoculars for birding trips. Motorcades are limited to 10 cars, and we do not furnish transportation. The mileages given are approximate one-way distances from tour starting points. All trips leave from the Robinson Hall parking lot at UNCA or from the Folk Art Center lower parking lot on the Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 382. The sponsoring organizations assume no responsibility for lost articles or injuries.
ALL-DAY EVENT: PLANT SALE
Friday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Also on Saturday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The 42nd Day in the Gardens will feature a wide variety of plants for sale by the Botanical Gardens and many other plant vendors, food (on Saturday), and entertainment. Proceeds go toward maintenance of the gardens, which do not receive state or federal support. There is no charge for outdoor activities. The Botanical Gardens are located adjacent to the UNC Asheville campus at Weaver Boulevard and Broadway.
REGISTRATION FOR EVENING PROGRAM AND GUIDED WALKS
When and where to register: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Hall lobby (UNC Asheville science building)
FRIDAY EVENING PROGRAM
ALL-DAY FIELD TRIPS (SATURDAY)
HALF-DAY FIELD TRIPS (all morning trips will return in time to take afternoon trips):
SATURDAY EVENING PROGRAM
SUNDAY FIELD TRIPS
For the latest, go to their web site.