ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum invites visitors to discover blooms in abundance at this spring’s plant shows. The events celebrate the beauty of the season and offer inspiration for garden enthusiasts. Educational programming, including classes and question-and-answer sessions, will provide useful information for all skill levels.
Events for spring 2011 include:
WNC Orchid Society—Saturday and Sunday, March 26 -27
Thousands of orchids fill the Education Center in this annual American Orchid Society judged show that also features orchid plants and supplies for sale by world class vendors. Educational classes will be offered throughout the weekend, and WNC Orchid Society members are available to answer questions and provide orchid-growing advice.
American Rhododendron Society, SE Chapter—Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1
Hundreds of blooms are featured at this yearly event. 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 garden representing nearly every species native to the United States.
Dahlia Tuber Sale & Mum Plant Sale—Saturday, May 14
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. This year’s sale will also feature heritage tomatoes, zinnias, and marigolds.
Asheville-Blue Ridge Rose Society—Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29
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 selection, care and history of these elegant garden plants. A sale will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, which will include rose plants, fertilizer, and soil amendments.
Shows and events are free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($8 per personal motor vehicle). Visitors are also encouraged to explore the Arboretum’s kaleidoscope of spring color, 65 acres of cultivated gardens, ten miles of hiking and biking trails, and engaging exhibits.
The mission of The North Carolina Arboretum is to cultivate connections between people and plants. For more information, call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.