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Help Light-Up the Night with a New Asheville Tradition

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The North Carolina Arboretum will begin a new tradition this month with Winter Lights opening November 22and running through January 4.  Visitors will walk through a winter wonderland and experience the gardens in a whole new way! The Arboretum is seeking volunteers – individuals, families and groups, to help and be part of the inaugural year.

The Arboretum has collaborated with Jerry Stripling, former designer and manager of holiday decorations, special projects and events for Walt Disney World®, to create a truly magical experience. This new light show will enhance the natural beauty of the gardens and landscape. By bringing in new visitors and involving volunteers, Winter Lights helps to support the Arboretum’s mission of cultivating connections between people and plants.

Volunteers may enjoy the event while helping out in a variety of fun ways as part of the festivities. Outside opportunities are available at the Fire & S’mores station or having fun welcoming and directing visitors as a Greeter/Wayfinder. If you prefer indoors, volunteers are needed to assist with admissions, in the gift shop or at the information desk. Volunteer shifts are available seven days a week, 5:30 – 9:30 PM, including holidays. Minors 16 and over are welcome to volunteer for designated positions with adult supervision. Individuals and groups are encouraged to sign up!

Find out more and sign up to volunteer at http://www.ncarboretum.org/join-and-give/volunteer/, email [email protected] or call 828- 665-2492 x 219.

Winter Lights will be open nightly and feature music, gifts, and food & beverages. Tickets are on sale now exclusively through eTix.com and are date-specific with limited quantities. All tickets must be purchased in advance; no tickets will be sold at the gate.

Located in the inspirational Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum cultivates connections between people and plants through creative expressions of landscape stewardship, including:     Conservation, Education, Garden Demonstration, Research, and Economic Development. Find out more and plan a visit today – http://www.ncarboretum.org.

For Further Information Contact:

Tara Griffith, Coordinator of Volunteer & Guest Services

North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville NC 28806

(828) 665-2492 x 219

E-mail: [email protected]

http://www.ncarboretum.org

NC Arboretum Winter Break Camps

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The NC Arboretum announces Winter Break Camps!

Winter Mountaineers (K-2): Embark on a winter adventure every day! This camp offers all sorts of outdoor skills, games and activities like making shelters out of found materials and exploring the trails and woodlands of the Arboretum on age-appropriate excursions.Get ready for a week of outdoor winter fun! $190/members, $210/general public.  December 1 – 5, 2014, 9 am – 4 pm. Register at http://www.ncarboretumregistration.org/Winter-Mountaineers-K-2-P1541.aspx

Winter Mountaineers (3-5): Spend a week gaining winter wilderness survival skills while adventuring in the outdoors. Learn basic fire building skills, shelter building and how to make tea from seasonal native plants. Play games and explore the trails and woodlands of the Arboretum for outdoor winter fun! $190/members, $210/general public.  December 1 – 5, 2014, 9 am – 4 pm. Register at http://www.ncarboretumregistration.org/Winter-Mountaineers-3-5-P1542.aspx

For more information contact
Jonathan Marchal
Youth Education Coordinator and Discovery Camp Director
[email protected]
(828) 665-2492 ext. 228.

The North Carolina Arboretum Hosts Speaking of Gardening Symposium

Monday, May 13th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The North Carolina Arboretum proudly hosts the Speaking of Gardening symposium on August 23 and 24, bringing renowned speakers from across the country to Asheville.

The annual symposium is a popular event for horticulture and design professionals and garden enthusiasts, providing an unparalleled experience for participants. This year’s event is no exception, featuring nationally known experts presenting lectures on creative design and cutting-edge plants. Drawing from their work experience, talent and design philosophies the combination of presentations promises to feed the mind and soul of professionals and novices alike.

Speakers scheduled to appear at the Speaking of Gardening symposium include:

Rick Darke ― President, Rick Darke LLC, Landenberg, Pennsylvania
Rick Darke’s work is grounded in an observational ethic which blends art,ecology, and cultural geography in the design and stewardship of livable landscapes. His projects include parks, post- industrial sites, transportation corridors, corporate and collegiate campuses, conservation developments and botanic gardens. Rick is author and photographer of many books including The American Woodland Garden: Capturing the Spirit of the Deciduous Forest (Timber Press), In Harmony With Nature: Lessons from the Arts & Crafts Garden (Michael Friedman Publishing), The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes (Timber Press), and The Wild Garden: Expanded Edition (Timber Press). His writing and images have been featured in collaborative works including Fallingwater (Rizzoli) and On The High Line: Exploring America’s Most Original Urban Park (Thames & Hudson). Darke accepts flux as the signature of today’s ecology and identifies creative strategies suited to an age in which the only constant is the accelerating pace of change.

Tony Avent ― Owner, Plant Delights Nursery, Inc. and Juniper Level Botanical Gardens, Raleigh, North Carolina
Nurseryman and hosta hybridizer, international plant explorer, author and plant ‘evangelist’, Tony Avent shares his passion for plants in a myriad of ways. His international mail order business featuring rare and unusual perennials, hostas and U.S. natives is widely known alongside Juniper Level Botanical Garden, home to a large collection of rare variegated Agave. Tony currently serves on the USDA-ARS Plant Hardiness Zone Map Revision advisory committee.

Steven A. Sanchez, ASLA ― Principal, HGOR, Atlanta, Georgia

Steven’s work is guided by an unmatched talent for defining a project’s designated character and sense of place through the choice and use of native plant material. He oversees the planting designs for each studio in the firm: Workplace, Campus, Community and Urban Design. His expertise ensures that each project’s unique opportunities and site requirements are met with a balance of visual identity and sustainability.

The NC Arboretum is located next to the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance at Milepost 393. From I-26, take Exit 33 and follow Blue Ridge Parkway signs for two miles to the entrance ramp. Visit www.ncarboretum.org/plan-a-visit for parking fees, property hours and building hours. For general information call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

Sandy’s Plants, Inc. is a family-owned perennial wholesale and retail nursery that has been in operation since 1979. What began as a hobby has evolved into an extraordinarily successful nursery that serves garden centers and landscapers in four states, boasting one of the largest selections of perennials on the East Coast. Sandy travels internationally to collect new plants for evaluation and production. Sandy will discuss some of her favorite plants for ‘throwing and going’ – plants that do their job well with minimal assistant from the gardener once planted.

Speaking of Gardening is supported in part by the following Community Partners: Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park; B.B. Barns, The Garden Company; Biltmore; French Broad River Garden Club; The Gardeners Cottage; Higgins Horticultural Services, LLC; JR Stone Sales; Reems Creek Nursery and Landscaping, Inc.; Siteworks Studio – Fine Garden Design; Thyme in the Garden, LLC; and Wilson’s Natural Landscaping, LLC. The program is developed and supported by an advisory committee of western North Carolina’s most passionate gardeners and horticulturists, alongside local green industry businesses. Speaking of Gardening qualifies for PLANET, NCBOLA and APLD continuing education credits with board approval. Registration for the symposium is $145 for Arboretum members and $170 for non-members through July 1, 2013. After July 1, registration is $160 for Arboretum members and $185 for non-members. The fee includes lectures, book signings, lunches and snacks for both days. Seating is limited and registration is required.

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.

The North Carolina Arboretum Receives Gift

Monday, August 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The North Carolina Arboretum is proud to announce Wells Fargo as its newest Community Partner. A gift of $20,000 has been made in support of the Adult Education Program of the Arboretum.

The Arboretum provides outreach and engagement through adult and youth education, exhibition, and demonstration that promotes leadership in environmental sustainability awareness and increased science literacy among residents of western North Carolina and beyond. The educational programs developed over the 25 years since the Arboretum’s inception have served as a model for excellence in institutional outreach resulting in positive educational and economic outcomes.

As part of its corporate giving program, Wells Fargo seeks to create long-term economic growth and enhance the quality of life for residents of western North Carolina. The gift to support the Adult Education Program will provide learning opportunities for participants seeking to contribute to a more sustainable and beautiful community. More than 100 courses, symposia, and events are offered through the program each year. Topics span a broad range, from landscape, horticulture, and urban forestry to natural history, wellness, and fine art and craft.

“We are proud to partner with the Arboretum to support their Adult Education Program,” said Robby Russell, Asheville Market President for Wells Fargo. “Through this community outreach program, we can create an even stronger community focused on sustainability and environmental stewardship. At Wells Fargo, we are committed to finding new ways to minimize our energy consumption, address climate change, use renewable sources, and inspire others to do the same so we can lower our impact on the planet.”

George Briggs, Executive Director of The North Carolina Arboretum, spoke to the history between the Arboretum and Wells Fargo, as well as a shared vision for building a better community. “A number of achievements and amenities on the Arboretum campus have been made possible through our long- standing banking partnership with Wells Fargo. Their generous support as a Visionary Community Partner advances that positive relationship through supporting our education outreach designed to assist our audiences in growing as informed landscape and environmental stewards.”

Each year more than 370,000 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 support—from members, volunteers and staff to state and local funds, tribute gifts, grants, and community partners.

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.

The NC Arboretum is located next to the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance at Milepost 393. From I-26, take Exit 33 and follow Blue Ridge Parkway signs for two miles to the entrance ramp. Visit www.ncarboretum.org/plan-a-visit for parking fees, property hours and building hours. For general information call (828) 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

NC Arboretum Bamboo Festival

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

The North Carolina Arboretum will host the annual Bamboo Festival of the American Bamboo Society’s Southeastern Chapter Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15. 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 the functionality of bamboo through lectures and hands-on workshops, including introductions to farming bamboo. Plants, crafts, and products will also be for sale by festival vendors.

Workshops and lectures at this year’s festival include:
Bamboo sculpture by Larry King of Asheville, North Carolina
Bamboo crafting demonstrations by Matthew English of Solar Springs, Lewis County, Tennessee
Bamboo Tea – Harvesting, Drying, Processing by Emanuel Johnson of Tennessee Bamboo, Greeneville, Tennessee
Bamboo in a Permaculture Landscape by Matthew English Sumi-Style Bamboo Ink Painting, a hands-on workshop by Giana Eden of Jesup, Georgia
Farming Bamboo I: How to Get Started and Why by David Benfield of Brightside Bamboo, Durham, North Carolina
Farming Bamboo II: Bamboo Grove Management for Multiple Uses by Mike Hothkiss of Georgia Bamboo, Perry, Georgia

The Bamboo Festival is one of many popular events hosted by The North Carolina Arboretum. Each year more than 367,000 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.

National Public Gardens Day at the NC Arboretum

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The North Carolina Arboretum will participate in National Public Gardens Day on Friday, May 11. The event celebrates all public gardens, arboreta, botanical gardens, educational gardens, specialty gardens, entertainment gardens, farm gardens, historical landscapes, and zoos with each institution participating in its own unique way.

Now in its fourth year, National Public Gardens Day is a national day of awareness in which communities nationwide are invited to visit and learn about the important role their public gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship and awareness, plant and water conservation, and education. The day was created in partnership between the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and irrigation product and service provider, Rain Bird. The 2012 National Public Gardens Day will showcase the contributions of public gardens with special events at many of the more than 500 North American public gardens.

National Public Gardens Day is not only a great time for families and enthusiasts to enjoy the gardens, but the public also witnesses the achievements and expertise provided by public gardens, especially in the area of environmental stewardship. Regardless of their size, all public gardens share a common commitment to providing outreach programs aimed at engaging their communities and educating future generations on the irreplaceable value of plants.

As a participating public garden, The North Carolina Arboretum will waive the parking fee for those visitors who present the National Public Gardens Day coupon, which may be printed from the Better Homes and Gardens magazine website, www.bhg.com. The coupon is only valid for May 11, 2012. Coupons must be presented to receive free admission, and must be surrendered upon entry.

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.

NC Arboretum and Bent Creek Institute Unveil New Botanical Testing Service

Friday, April 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The North Carolina Arboretum is pleased to announce its newest collaboration with Bent Creek Institute: the US Botanical Safety Laboratory (USBSL). A non-profit quality testing services network, USBSL will begin offering routine botanical identity, purity, and phytochemical composition testing of botanical ingredients beginning April 23, 2012.

USBSL is a network of non-profit testing laboratories in North Carolina with a depth of botanical domain expertise. Founding partner labs include the Bent Creek Germplasm Repository at The North Carolina Arboretum, the North Carolina BioNetwork BioBusiness Center Laboratory at the Asheville- Buncombe Technical Community College, and the David H. Murdock Research Institute at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

The network will serve a variety of clients in academia, public non-governmental organizations, and private industry supply chains seeking to verify the integrity, authenticity, and purity of their botanical ingredients. USBSL’s botanical identity testing will be backed by botanical vouchers maintained by Dr. Joe-Ann McCoy, Laboratory Director of the Bent Creek Germplasm Repository. A respected medicinal plant physiologist and microscopy researcher, Dr. McCoy is an Advisory Board member to the American Botanical Council.

USBSL is managed by Bent Creek Institute, Inc., a non-profit botanical research and economic development organization with the mission to accelerate sustainable, scientifically-backed, and responsible use of botanically-based integrative therapies derived from traditional cultural uses of medicinal plants. Bent Creek Institute will receive, qualify, and blind all botanical samples using a secure and private Internet-based sample submission and tracking system, and issue all final certificates of analysis to clients. Under this sample management protocol, USBSL partner labs will never know the identity of the client submitting the original samples, thus assuring the non-biased nature of the analytical results.
Bent Creek Institute is an analytical laboratory endorser of the ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program and a member of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the United Natural Products Alliance, the American Botanical Council, and the American Herbal Products Association.

For more information about the US Botanical Safety Laboratory, please visit www.usbsl.org. For more information about The North Carolina Arboretum, 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.

Registration Open for The NC Arboretum’s 2012 Discovery Camps

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Registration is now open for The North Carolina Arboretum‘s 2012 Discovery Camp. Now in its seventh year, the camp program at the Arboretum offers experiences for every age from pre-kindergarten through middle school, with opportunities for high schoolers as Counselors in Training. Focusing on the philosophy that every child deserves the opportunity to enjoy and explore the natural world, camps utilize the 434-acre Arboretum property as an outdoor classroom to cultivate a sense of adventure and wonder in the outdoors and promote environmental stewardship and conservation.

Scholarships are available to campers whose families meet eligibility criteria. For more information, or to register your child for camp, 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.

Local Artist Exhibits New Work at The N.C. Arboretum

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – New works by Susan Lingg, an artist based in Cullowhee, North Carolina, will be on display at The North Carolina Arboretum. Opening January 24, Within and Around the Ancients will depict the unique mountain landscapes of the Southern Appalachians.

Using watercolors, poured inks, and handmade paper, Lingg portrays the unique granite exposures of the mountains of the region, as well as native flora. Described as realism through an artist’s eye, her work captures and celebrates a passing moment.

A registered artist with Handmade in America, Lingg has been exhibiting her work since 1982. She is a member of the Jackson County Visual Arts Council, the North Carolina Watercolor Society, and Dogwood Crafters. Lingg is also an instructor in watercolor and handmade paper.

The exhibit will be on display at the Education Center of the Arboretum through April 8. 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.

Arboretum Educator Receives North Carolina Science Teachers Association Award

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Jonathan Marchal, Youth Education Coordinator for The North Carolina Arboretum, is the recipient of the North Carolina Science Teachers Association (NCSTA) Distinguished Service in Science Education Award. Marchal is being recognized for his contribution to science education in North Carolina in a non-school setting.

Nominees for Distinguished Service awards are judged on criteria including leadership, contributions to improvements in science education, length of service, and excellence in field. Marchal has worked in youth education for The North Carolina Arboretum for more than five years. Among his accomplishments to date, Marchal has developed all curriculum used in Arboretum field trips and outreach, planned the format of the organization’s Wee Naturalist program for toddlers, and designed the Arboretum’s youth education classroom, EcoLab. Marchal is responsible for growing school programs from 2,000 to 12,000 attendees annually, and for overseeing the Arboretum’s summer camp program from its inception seven years ago to its most recent enrollment of more than 400 campers.

“I feel very fortunate to serve as Youth Education Coordinator at the Arboretum,” said Marchal. “Not only do I have the privilege of spending each day outdoors in our beautiful mountains, I am also part of a dynamic and growing educational program that provides enriching experiences for children.”
Marchal’s love for the outdoors was instilled at an early age during family trips to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He nurtured his interest through scouting, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, and later spending summers working at Boy Scout camps. Marchal received a bachelor’s degree in ecology from Brevard College, and spent time working for Trout Unlimited, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Gorges State Park prior to the Arboretum.

When asked his philosophy on the importance of environmental education for children, Marchal’s passion shines. “I believe it is essential for all children to have access to safe, natural places on a regular basis. The physical, emotional, and developmental benefits of outdoor exploration and play engage all senses of the child, and challenge their motor and critical thinking skills in an environment where creativity is their greatest asset. The programs I have developed at the Arboretum are based on a three-tiered strategy, in which outdoor adventure activities serve to excite students to become engaged in outdoor learning, inviting them to explore their environment and learn about the world around them. By doing so, children grow to become adults who are aware of their surroundings and the impact they have on their world.”

For information about youth education programs at the Arboretum, visit www.ncarboretum.org, or call (828) 665-2492, Ext. 228. 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.