North Carolina Arboretum Spring Flower Shows

NC Arboretum Spring Shows

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!

Asheville Orchid Festival (2021 event canceled)
WNC Orchid Society fills 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.

Mountain Science Expo (2021 event canceled)
Part of the statewide North Carolina Science Festival, this family-friendly event features hands-on science experiments and demos, guided programs, as well as more than 20 exhibitors from across the region. “Anyone with a Question IS a Scientist,” encourages children and adults to find their own “inner scientist” by uncovering common questions they may encounter in their everyday lives. Participate in the City Nature Challenge, a global citizen-science competition. Event admission is free. Standard parking fees apply to non-members. Pick up a “golden ticket” complimentary parking pass at any Buncombe County library beginning in April.

May-October Thursdays: ArborEvenings
Relax and unwind at this after-hours series every Thursday, May-October, 6-9 PM. Sip and stroll through the Arboretum’s beautiful gardens while enjoying live music amongst flowers. Local beverages, including beer and wine, are available for purchase along with light food options. Event admission is free. Standard parking fees apply to non-members.

May 23-24, 2020: Blooms & Brews 
The Arboretum's first annual floral and beer festival with beer tasting stations with botanically-influenced craft brews placed throughout the Arboretum’s gardens. Create botanical wearables and attend floral demonstrations and exhibits. Event admission is free. Standard parking fees apply to non-members. Separate beer tasting packages may be purchased. 

May 23-24, 2020: Rose Exhibition 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. 9 AM-5 PM each day. Event admission is free. Standard parking fees apply to non-members.

May 27-29, 2020: Spring Plant Sale
Update your garden and home while supporting The North Carolina Arboretum Society, Wednesday and Thursday 9 AM-7 PM and Friday 9 AM-2 PM. Choose from the best selection of annuals, perennials, succulents, and tillandsias grown by Arboretum staff.

Admission
Most shows and events are free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($16 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.

For more information for visiting, see our NC Arboretum Guide.

Annual Membership, offered by North Carolina Arboretum
Annual Membership, NC Arboretum
Receive many wonderful benefits and save with an annual membership to the North Carolina Arboretum Society. Attend special events and educational programs and receive benefits such as free parking, discounts, special mailings, e-newsletter and reciprocal privileges with 200 American Horticultural Society gardens nationwide.
Rate: From $70/couple

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