Natural beauty comes in a kaleidoscope of colors each fall at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. Vibrant colors amid trees, shrubs, and perennials delight the senses at the Arboretum. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, The NC Arboretum is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America. Our favorite is the Quilt Garden (above) in 2016 with a butterfly design. This year, they were named a "Bee Campus USA", so learn all about our important pollinators (read more). To plan a visit, see our complete NC Arboretum Guide.
Here are some wonderful fall events at the Arboretum:
September 23, 2017: Monarch Butterfly Day
Learn how you can help the monarchs, purchase milkweed to benefit the Arboretum’s youth education initiatives, make and take butterfly crafts and witness monarch butterfly tagging. 10 AM-4 PM. Watch the butterfly release at 11:45 AM and 2:45 PM. Educational presentations at 11 AM and 2 PM.
September 23, 2017: Carolina Craft Day
Celebrate traditional and contemporary Southern Appalachian art and craft 10 AM-4 PM at the Arboretum’s Education Center. See artists working in fiber, paper, clay, metal, and wood as well as traditional music and informational craft demonstrations. All participating artists have been juried in and represent some of the excellent work from the region. Artists’ work will be available for purchase during the fair.
October 14-15, 2017: 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.
November 17, 2017: Winter Lights Begins
Walk through the gardens aglow with 500,000 lights! Read about Winter Lights.
For the latest on fall color and events in the Asheville area, go to our Fall Foliage Forecast.