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New Green Weddings Program Unveiled at NC Arboretum

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – It’s one of the most treasured moments of your life. Make it more meaningful by choosing one of the most beautiful natural settings in America as your wedding site. And, make another choice-make it “green.” Extend your celebration of love for each other to the natural world by reducing your wedding event’s carbon footprint on the earth.

Located just outside Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 393, the North Carolina Arboretum is nestled in the Southern Appalachian region – one of the most botanically diverse areas in the world. With more than 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of forested hiking and biking trails, the Arboretum shows how plants are important to our world. The Arboretum property and facilities offer excellent lessons in sustainability through its green architectural practices, sustainable garden areas, natural products, water conservation and recycling.

The Arboretum’s Green Wedding Program offers elegantly designed green buildings and lush, sustainable landscapes as sites for ceremonies and receptions. Couples will follow guidelines for using organically grown and natural products as part of their wedding and pledge to a reduce consumable products as part of their activities.

Green weddings and receptions are offered Friday-Sunday evenings after 5 pm, April – October.

For more information about the Arboretum’s Green Wedding Program, including fees and restrictions, call Cindy Blankenship at 828-665-2492, Ext. 216 or Angie Chandler, 828-665-2492, Ext. 217.

The NC Arboretum to Host the Asheville Quilt Guild’s Annual Show

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

NC Arboretum

ASHEVILLE, NC – Western North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage comes to life on August 7, 8 and 9 at The North Carolina Arboretum as it hosts the Asheville Quilt Guild’s Annual Show.

The popular show is a judged event featuring more than 250 quilts of exceptional craftsmanship from across the U.S. and worldwide. The three-day show offers live demonstrations, a merchant’s mall and more!

This year’s theme is "Carolina Blues," and new features will include a merchant’s mall at both the Education Center and Baker Exhibit Center, as well as a new "wearable art" category, according to the show’s committee chairperson, Julie Simpson.

The show runs Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Entrance to the Quilt Show requires a $5 parking fee to The North Carolina Arboretum and $4 admission fee for the Quilt Show.

Visitors to The NC Arboretum during the Quilt Show will also be able to explore "H. Douglas Pratt and John C. Sill’s BIRDS: The Science of Illustration." In conjunction with The North Carolina Arboretum’s celebration as an official part of the NC Birding Trail, this exhibit explores how art and science work together in Pratt and Sill’s artistic illustrations of birds. Located at the Baker Exhibit Center, additional features include:

  • A bird nest collection, containing nests and egg replicas of local songbirds.
  • An interactive bird song display.
  • A habitat match-up interactive mural designed to teach concepts of animal needs and the distinct habitats of local birds in habitats that occur in WNC.
  • An illustration table with sketch paper, pencils, erasers and colored pencils.

For information, call 828.665.2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

Celebrate the Art & Science of Birds at The NC Arboretum

Friday, June 26th, 2009

NC Arboretum

ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum celebrates the art and science of birds with "H. Douglas Pratt and John C. Sill’s BIRDS: The Science of Illustration," a new exhibit currently open at The Baker Exhibit Center.

In conjunction with the Arboretum’s celebration as an official part of the NC Birding Trail Guide, the exhibit explores how art and science work together in Pratt and Sill’s artistic illustrations of birds.

Pratt is an ornithologist, artist, and photographer as well as Research Curator of Birds at the NC State Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. As a widely respected zoological illustrator, author and illustrator, Pratt has contributed to publications such as National Geographic Society’s Field Guide to the Birds of North America and the multi-volume Handbook of Birds of the World.

Sill has worked as a freelance artist and illustrator since 1971 and has been exhibited in highly acclaimed shows and appeared in a number of books and magazines. He has been the illustrator for the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Bird Identification Calendar since the project began in 1980 and he is an instructor for the Institute for Field Ornithology sponsored by the American Birding Association.

Additional exhibit features include:

  • A bird nest collection, containing nests and egg replicas of local songbirds.
  • An interactive bird song display to test and instruct visitors on recognizing songbirds by vocalizations.
  • A habitat match-up interactive mural designed to teach concepts of animal needs and the distinct habitats of local birds in habitats that occur in WNC.
  • An illustration table with sketch paper, pencils, erasers and colored pencils.
    Discovery Packs containing binoculars for children to check out birds in the gardens are also available for families to enhance their exploration.

"H. Douglas Pratt and John C. Sill’s BIRDS: The Science of Illustration" runs through November 1 and is free for members or with parking admission ($6 per personal vehicle). For more information, call 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

NC Arboretum Hosts 3rd Annual Bamboo Festival

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The American Bamboo Society’s Southeastern Chapter hosts the third annual Bamboo Festival at The North Carolina Arboretum on July 11 and July 12.
The fastest-growing plant in the world, bamboo, has gained popularity for its use in the sustainable design movement and as a renewable source material. Of the more than 1,000 recorded bamboo species, some specimens have been recorded to grow up to 121 centimeters a day.

Visitors will learn about the artistic value and functionality of this remarkable grass during the third annual Bamboo Festival, which features lectures, demonstrations, crafts, plant sales and a raffle.

The festival is free with the parking fee of $6 per personal motor vehicle; parking is always free for North Carolina Arboretum Society members.

The American Bamboo Society’s Southeast Chapter promotes knowledge of and interest in Bamboo through educational programs, meetings, classes and publications. The chapter encourages the growth and propagation of bamboo by botanical gardens, assists in the importation and quarantine of bamboo according to USDA guidelines, provides access to pertinent information about bamboo, and engages in and encourages projects and research that meets its mission and advances interest in the knowledge of bamboo.

For information about the Bamboo Festival or The North Carolina Arboretum, call 828.665.2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

The NC Arboretum Blooms in May with Major Events

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum celebrates bright blooms this May as it hosts three major events that showcase spring’s beauty.

The American Rhododendron Society’s Southeastern Chapter kicks the month off on May 2 and May 3 at the Arboretum during its annual show. 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. Trail Walks to the National Native Azalea Repository – a popular destination amid the Arboretum’s 434 acres – will be offered.

On May 9 and May 12, the Carolinas Dahlia Society and the NC Chrysanthemum Society celebrate the season with their Spring Dahlia Tuber Sale and Chrysanthemum Cutting Sale. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the event will be held at the Education Center Auditorium on May 9 and at the Baker Exhibit Center Lobby on May 12.

The fragrant and vivid world of roses will be on display on May 30 and 31 as The Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society hold its annual exhibit 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 ($6 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 information, call 828.665.2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

North Carolina Arboretum Hosts Two-Day Floral Exhibit with Ikebana Club

Friday, March 6th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum proudly hosts a special two-day floral exhibit by the Ikebana International Asheville Chapter, in celebration of a visit by internationally acclaimed Ikebana experts Akihiro and Naohiro Kasuya.

The Ikebana International Asheville Chapter will install a special Ikebana exhibit, transforming the lobby of the Arboretum’s Baker Exhibit Center. The exhibit is open to the public from April 18 through April 19 and is free for members or with the Arboretum’s parking fee – only $6 per personal vehicle.

The installation celebrates an exclusive visit by the Kasuyas and "will help create a stronger awareness of the connection between local ikebana artists and the Japanese leaders and trendsetters in the ever-changing practice of modern ikebana, which is grounded in traditional Japanese culture," said Terri Todd, immediate past president of the Asheville Chapter of Ikebana International and chair of the Ichiyo event at the Arboretum.

"The Ikebana exhibit at The Baker Exhibit Center provides the public with a chance to explore the beauty of this art form and see how a space is transformed by a flower’s expression," said The Arboretum’s Director of Education Julie Vidotto.
For more information, call 828-665-2492, Ext. 317.

The mission of The North Carolina Arboretum is to cultivate connections between people and plants. www.ncarboretum.org

Hundreds of Orchid Blooms Showcased at "A Journey to the Far East" Show at The NC Arboretum

Monday, March 2nd, 2009


ASHEVILLE, NC – The WNC Orchid Society will host its annual show and sale at The North Carolina Arboretum on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The popular judged plant show, themed “Orchid Mystery: A Journey to the Far East,” will feature displays of hundreds of orchids as well as programs on both days. Regional orchid vendors from the Southeast as well as expert orchid growers will provide orchid care demonstrations and presentations in the Arboretum’s Education Center.

In addition to “Orchid Mystery: A Journey to the Far East,” other NC Arboretum events and activities throughout the weekend are offered free unless noted:

• Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats ~ An interactive traveling exhibit that dispels myths and provides visitors with a fun, factual look at how bats are important to plants and our world.

•Segway Tours ~ Take a unique guided tour of the Arboretum in a quiet, environmentally friendly way. Registration required and some restrictions apply; weekend rate is $55.

•Azalea Repository ~ Visit the National Native Azalea Repository to get a first glimpse of spring bloom. The repository features more 350 native azalea plants and offers a vivid palette of colors from flaming orange to brilliant pink.

A Journey to the Far East” is free for Arboretum Society members or with the parking fee of $6 per personal vehicle. For information, call 828.665.2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.