ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum celebrates Southern Appalachian traditions during Heritage Crafts Weekend, held September 26 and 27.
The event, now in its fourth year, features craft demonstrations and juried crafts vendors, plant sales and musical performances 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 arises 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.
New exhibits in the Heritage Garden provided increased space for exhibits and demonstrations and allows the garden to function as an outdoor classroom.
Admission to Heritage Crafts Weekend is free for members or with the parking fee of $6 per personal vehicle. For more information, call 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.