It is often quoted, significantly, that the Great Smokies have more species of trees than the whole of Europe. A great variety of herbaceous plants are also found in abundance in the Southern Appalachians as well – reportedly over 1500 species.
As the population of Buncombe County continues to grow, new homes arebuilt and new residents arrive from other parts of the country. Thismeans more people need reliable information on planting and maintaininglawn, garden, and landscape areas in Western North Carolina. In aneffort to meet these demands for information, Cooperative Extension isavailable to help county residents manage their landscape and gardenareas in an environmentally responsible manner.
North Carolina Botanical Gardens opened to the public in 1966, the 80-acre Piedmont Nature Trails at UNC – Chapel Hill provide over two miles of hiking trails through piedmont woodland.
A 427-acre facility with a Visitor Education Center, state-of-the-art greenhouses, beautiful gardens, and walking trails. Surrounded by lush folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 393, and is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America. Please note that the Arboretum recently increased its personal vehicle parking fee to $14 in order to help sustain new and future upgrades at the Arboretum and also create more job opportunities. Also, commercial vehicle parking is $50, bus parking is $100, and the first Tuesday of each month is half off personal vehicle parking.
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, North Carolina is located in one of the three most diverse temperate ecosystems on earth – the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Our collections are primarily native species displayed in both natural settings and in ways designed for ease of examination and beauty.
The Western Carolina Botanical Club (WCBC) was founded in 1973 by a small group of residents in Western North Carolina who wanted to learn about the plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The mission of the Club is to identify and study native plants and their habitats and to advocate the protection of biodiversity in our natural world.
The Men’s Garden Club of Asheville is a non-profit organization of gardeners residing in Asheville and Buncombe County. The Club has been in continuous operation since 1940. Monthly meetings present a wide verity of subjects by area garden experts. Our greenhouse is the source 14,000 flowers and shrubs each year for our spring and fall plant sales. Proceeds go to horticulture scholarships at two local Community Colleges. The Club Mission is gardening education, beautification, community service, with emphasis on fellowship. Extensive gardening knowledge is not required.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.
Blue Ridge Rose Society meets at 3:00 pm the second Sunday of each month at American Red Cross Building, 100 Edgewood Rd., Asheville.
Asheville GreenWorks is a volunteer-based organization working to achieve a clean and green Asheville and Buncombe County through community organizing, educating and environmental stewardship.