ASHEVILLE NC – Picture nearly 500,000 LEGO bricks, 27 amazing sculptures, 14 incredible displays… and one unforgettable experience. This fall, The North Carolina Arboretum‘s eight acres of formal gardens and exhibit hall will be playfully decorated with 27 sculptures created by LEGO® brick artist and renowned children’s author, Sean Kenney. Opening October 19, Some Assembly Required will take visitors into a larger-than-life LEGO® brick world.
Walk by an 8-foot tall hummingbird, admire a 7-foot rose, and go nose-to-nose with a 5-foot butterfly. Ranging in size from six inches to nearly eight feet, a variety of creatures are represented in the exhibit, including a tiger swallowtail butterfly, a green darner dragonfly, a hummingbird and even a gardener. The largest sculpture is a mother bison made from 45,143 bricks. Created from nearly 500,000 LEGO® bricks, the 27 sculptures make up 14 large displays.
Based in New York City, Sean Kenney is one of only 13 LEGO® Certified Builders worldwide. He spent so much time playing with LEGO® toys as a child that he decided he might as well make a career of it. A self-described “professional kid,” Sean has been turning ordinary LEGO® bricks into spectacular works of art for nearly a decade. He hopes that after seeing his sculptures, children will become inspired to create great things themselves.
In addition to Sean’s pieces, the Arboretum will also be featuring creations from LEGO® enthusiasts in the community. Children and adults alike are invited to enter the Some Assembly Required LEGO® Brick Competition. Participants will design and build their display, which will be on view in the Baker Exhibit Hall. More than $2500 in prizes will be awarded to the top entrants. For age divisions, rules and regulations and entry forms, visit www.ncarboretum.org.
Some Assembly Required will be on display at The North Carolina Arboretum through January 5, 2014. Exhibit admission is free with the standard parking fee ($8 per personal vehicle). Admission and parking is always free for Arboretum Society members.
The North Carolina Arboretum is grateful to the following Community Partners for their support of this exhibit: Clear Channel Asheville; O.P. Taylor’s, “The Coolest Toy Store on the Planet;” Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park; B.B. Barns Garden, Gift & Landscape Company; MOSAIC Community Lifestyle Realty; and Fairway Outdoor Advertising. For more information, please call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.
ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum invites visitors to discover the beauty of the season at an array of fallevents. Offering inspiration for garden and craft enthusiasts, the events will educate and entertain. Events for fall 2011 include:
Heritage Crafts Day—Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Now in its sixth year, Heritage Crafts Day features artists and crafters whose work reflects the heritage of Western North Carolina. Vitally important to the region’s craft heritage is the close relationship between the crafts and plants used in their production. Much of the artistic expression of mountain crafts originates from the character and nature of plants.
Fine crafts made from local and natural materials will be highlighted, as will art created from recycled and sustainable sources. Visitors to Heritage Crafts Day are encouraged to explore the Arboretum’s Heritage Garden. The garden showcases plants used in the multi-million-dollar craft industry of Western North Carolina, including those used for handmade paper and brooms, baskets and dyes. Visitors can discover the many plants that support crafts and understand how they are grown, prepared, and used in the industry.
Carolina Bonsai Expo—Saturday and Sunday, October 8-9 Now in its 16th year, the Carolina Bonsai Expo is the premier event hosted by the Arboretum. Featuring juried exhibits by bonsai enthusiasts from throughout the southeast, a renowned bonsai marketplace, workshops, free demonstrations, and an Ikebana exhibit, the Expo is a two-day horticultural extravaganza.
Each year, a special guest bonsai artist provides educational programs for the public and a critique of the show for the benefit of participating clubs. This year’s guest is Mr. Walter Pall of Austria, who is widely recognized as one of the leading western bonsai artists in the world today.
The Expo is a perfect occasion to explore the Arboretum’s Bonsai Exhibition Garden, which offers a world-class display that innovatively establishes bonsai in the context of the Southern Appalachians.
The North Carolina Chrysanthemum Society Annual Show—Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16 Hundreds of chrysanthemum blooms will fill the Arboretum Education Center in a kaleidoscope of vivid colors. This annual show is judged by expert Accredited National Chrysanthemum judges from across the country according to strict National Chrysanthemum Society standards. Hours for Saturday are 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and hours on Sunday are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The theme of this year’s event, “Shades of Fall,” highlights the bold and beautiful colors of the season in Western North Carolina. Visitors will learn more about growing show-quality chrysanthemums, and flowers will be available for purchase. The weekend also provides the opportunity to explore the Arboretum’s hiking and biking trails to view the fall foliage.
Each year more than 376,000 visitors experience the Arboretum’s gardens, trails, exhibits, shows and expos, educational programs, demonstrations and lectures. The Arboretum’s ability to meet its mission and enrich the visitor experience is made possible by a community of supporters—from members, volunteers and staff to state and local funds, tribute gifts, grants, and community partners.
Shows and events are free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($8 per personal vehicle). For information, call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.
ASHEVILLE – The North Carolina Arboretum will host the annual Bamboo Festival of the American Bamboo Societys Southeastern Chapter Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10. The festival will be held in the Arboretum’s Education Center from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Visitors will learn about bamboo’s artistic value and functionality throughout the festival, which features hands-on workshops, lectures, and demonstrations. Bamboo plants, crafts, and products will also be for sale by festival vendors.
Workshops and lectures at this year’s festival include:
Bamboo branch miniature wind chime and bamboo bead making workshops by Carole Meckes of Bamboo Branch, Austin, Texas
Bamboo crafting demonstrations by Keiji Oshima of Haiku Bamboo Nursery, Hendersonville, NC Bamboo 101 lecture by David Benfield of Brightside Bamboo, Durham, NC
The Economic Potential of Bamboo in the Southern United States lecture by Mike Hotchkiss of Georgia Bamboo, Perry, GA
Sumi-Style Bamboo Ink Painting workshop by Giana Eden of Giana Eden Pottery, Jessup, GA
No Fear! Landscaping with Popular Running Bamboos lecture by Richard Argo of Argo Bamboo Farm, Douglas County, GA
Farming Bamboo for Edible Shoots lecture and demonstration by Daphne Lewis of Perry, GA
Harvest of Plenty – Bamboo Leaf Tea lecture by Emanuel Johnson of Tennessee Bamboo, Greeneville, TN
The Bamboo Festival is one of many popular events hosted by The North Carolina Arboretum. Each year more than 376,000 visitors experience the Arboretum’s gardens, trails, exhibits, shows and expos, educational programs, demonstrations and lectures. The Arboretum’s ability to meet its mission and enrich the visitor experience is made possible by a community of supporters—from members, volunteers and staff to state and local funds, tribute gifts, grants, and community partners.
This event is free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($8 per personal motor vehicle). For more information, visit www.ncarboretum.org or call (828) 665-2492. The central mission of The North Carolina Arboretum, an affiliate institution of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system, is to cultivate connections between people and plants.
ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum rings in Green Weddings year-round in 2011 and a change in venue for the Asheville Quilt Guild’s Annual Show. The Asheville Quilt Guild announced that its annual show, typically held the first weekend in August at the Arboretum, will be held at the WNC Agriculture Center September 30 through October 2.
“Our relationship has been so positive with the Arboretum that this move for us is certainly bitter-sweet,” said Barbara Pate, 2011 Quilt Show Chair. “We hate to leave, but we needed more space. We will continue to have a relationship with the Arboretum and will explore other ways we can do business with them.”
Although the annual show outgrew the Arboretum’s facility space, the guild will still offer year-round quilt exhibits and sales at the Arboretum’s Education Center. As one popular program moves to new grounds, the Arboretum’s popular Green Weddings program recently announced that it is now offering weddings year-round.
The program was unveiled last summer and offers elegantly designed green buildings and sustainable landscapes as sites for ceremonies and receptions.
ASHEVILLE, NC – The city of Asheville, NC, transforms into the bonsai capital of the Southeast on October 9 and October 10 as The North Carolina Arboretum hosts the 15th Carolina Bonsai Expo. Visitors to the show will 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 a six-state region, 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, which celebrates its fifth anniversary as a world-class display that innovatively establishes bonsai in the context of the Southern Appalachians.
This year’s guest artist is David Easterbrook, curator of bonsai at the Montreal Botanical Garden. Now in its 15th successful year, the Carolina Bonsai Expo includes an expanded bonsai and ikebana exhibit and a live auction of bonsai plants and related materials.
The two-day event features juried exhibits by bonsai enthusiasts from throughout the southeast including Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. In addition, workshops are available for those interested in learning bonsai and ikebana techniques from master artists.
There is no charge for visitors to attend the Carolina Bonsai Expo although usual parking fees apply. Visitors can purchase lunch items from the Arboretum’s Savory Thyme Cafe, open during Expo hours, which are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 9 and Noon to 4 p.m. on October 10. For more information about the auction, workshops and presentations, call 828.665.2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.
ASHEVILLE, NC - The North Carolina Arboretum celebrates Southern Appalachian traditions during Heritage Crafts Weekend, held September 25 and 26.
The event, now in its fifth year, features craft demonstrations and juried crafts vendors, plant sales and musical performances from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days in the Heritage Garden, Baker Exhibit Center and Education Center. Western North Carolina is known worldwide for its botanical beauty and diversity, as well as for the many wonderful handmade crafts that are borne of the mountain way of life. Vitally important to the region’s craft heritage is the close relationship between crafts and the plants used in their production. Much of the fiber, color and artistic expression of mountain craft is inspired from the character and nature of plants.
The Heritage Garden showcases plants used in the multi-million-dollar craft industry of Western North Carolina, including those used for handmade paper and brooms, baskets and dyes. Visitors can explore the many plants that support crafts, understand how they are grown, prepared and used, and appreciate their value to the industry. Crafters and Musicians interested in participating in The N.C. Arboretum’s Heritage Crafts Weekend may email Mkosco@ncarboretum.org for an application form.
Visitors will have a chance to explore the new Green Garden Shed, a demonstration exhibit that provides real-world and affordable examples of how to infuse sustainable practices into an existing shed structure.
Admission to Heritage Crafts Weekend is free for members or with the parking fee of $8 per personal vehicle. Parking is always free for Arboretum Society members.
ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum celebrates bright blooms this May as it hosts major flower shows that showcase spring’s beauty.
The American Rhododendron Society’s Southeastern Chapter Annual Show kicks the month off on May 1 and May 2. Hundreds of blooms will be displayed at the Education Center during the show, including many favorite mountain plants. Azaleas as well as spring and summer blooming rhododendrons are among the most popular. Visitors are encouraged to expand their experience by visiting the National Native Azalea Collection – a popular destination amid the Arboretum’s 434 acres.
On May 8 and May 11, the Carolinas Dahlia Society and the NC Chrysanthemum Society celebrate the season with their Spring Dahlia Tuber and Cuttings Sale. Learning from Dahlia and Mum Society experts, visitors can uncover the secrets of how to produce plants with show quality blooms. Varieties include traditional favorites plus the latest cultivars to start the growing season. Chrysanthemum Cuttings will be for sale only on May 8; tubers and dahlia plantlets will be for sale on May 11.
The fragrant and vivid world of roses will be on display on May 29 and 30 as The Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society’s Annual Exhibit will be showcased at the Arboretum. Roses of every color and size will be featured during the exhibition and experts will present educational programs. Knowledgeable society members will be available to provide information about the selection, care and history of these magnificent garden plants. A rose sale will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, which will include the sale of rose 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 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.
The mission of The North Carolina Arboretum is to cultivate connections between people and plants. Visit www.ncarboretum.org for more information or call 828.665.2492.
ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum will offer “Walk with a Naturalist” programs beginning April 10 each Tuesday and Saturday at 1 p.m. through early summer.
Interpretive guides will lead small groups of participants along woodland trails and through a variety of forest types. Depending on the season, topics of discussion include wildflower and plant identification, natural history and tree lore, and the cultural and land use history of the Arboretum campus. Guides may include such areas as the National Native Azalea Collection as well as Bent Creek. Handouts after class may include such information as identification keys for plants, or lists of common wildflowers.
Program participants should dress for the weather as programs are held rain or shine. Individuals should wear sturdy shoes and bring water, as well as plant and animal identification guides as desired. Programs may last between one and two hours, depending upon the interest of the group, and will be approximately one to two miles in length.
The tour size is limited to 12 participants and pre-registration is strongly suggested. Space may be available on a drop-in basis on the day of the program and any openings are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The program fee is $3 per adult and $2 per child ages 8 to 17. Due to length and content, this program is not recommended for children under 8 years of age.
To register, visit www.ncarboretum.org and click on the “Plan-a-Visit” tab. Look for “Walk with a Naturalist” link on the left side of the page. You may also check this link to see if space is available on a particular day. Usual parking fees apply for your Arboretum visit.