Asheville – The Plant Sale held annually by the French Broad River Garden Club Foundation at 1000 Hendersonville has had to go virtual this year due to the pandemic. It is usually so well attended with a large crowd that Covid space requirements would be impossible to manage. This year, one must order online at www.plant-sale.com. The website has many photos from the vendors who are participating with sizes and descriptions. You can find many of the wonderful plants and accessories from vendors that have been showing at the Garden Club year after year.
A remarkable choice of both plants and accessories is being offered this year. The website is easy to navigate. For instance, Blue Briar Gardens is offering boxwoods, Acanthus Mollie and Japanese Peonies. Sandy Mush Herbs is offering dainty Hardy Geraniums, native Ginger, Spring Ephemerals and Trillium. Wildwood Herbs has Red Swamp Milkweed, Arugula, Dwarf Coreopsis and Dwarf Snapdragons. Many trees – maples, dawn redwood, red and green Japanese maples – are being sold by High Country Nursery. There will be cut flowers, on a CSA monthly basis or all summer long, from Blazing Star Flowers in Weaverville. You have the option to select either a pre-made bouquet, ready to place in a vase, or a bucket of loose flowers to arrange yourself.
Lovely garden accents and accessories can make wonderful gifts and are online as well. Delightful small planters and colorful prayer pots with fanciful designs are available from Prayer Pots; Wallflower Ceramics is showing some art pieces with a variation of flowers and artistic designs. Matrix Design Group has metal-crafted outdoor sculptures of bees and butterflies suitable for a place in your garden; Bud Gray is showing some hand-carved wood pieces from exotic woods with interesting striations. The choices are overwhelming. A customer just places an order online, pays for them online, and then comes to pick them up on Saturday, the 24th of April from 10 am to 4 pm. They will be brought to your car by a member. This is certainly a convenient way to shop.
Garden Club Supports Conservation with Scholarships
Proceeds from this sale support conservation and horticulture scholarships at area schools, such as Warren Wilson, Haywood Community College and UNCA. The French Broad River Garden Club Foundation (FBRGCF), located in Asheville, North Carolina, was chartered in 1927 and was admitted to the Garden Club Of America in 1930. The Garden Club is committed to promoting the conservation, development and intelligent use of the natural resources of North Carolina and elsewhere. FBRGCF welcomes visitors to tour their gardens at Clem’s Cabin at 1000 Hendersonville Road in Asheville. The gardens are managed and maintained by the club members. French Broad River Garden Club has a limited amount of funding available to support horticultural or conservation projects/education in the community. Applications are due May 1st.
Glass Lantern Slide Collection of Wildflowers at UNCA
French Broad River Garden Club Foundation has an amazing Glass Lantern Slide Collection of wildflowers of the region that can be found at UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library. These slides of native plants of the North Carolina mountain, suitable for naturalization and found within a radius of 80 miles of Asheville, were originally shown at a meeting on May 21, 1936. Correspondence regarding the coloring of the slides, and a booklet of notes describing the plants shown, are also included, along with meeting minutes from 1935 – 1937, and a record of plants grown in members’ gardens. If someone wishes to see these, they can click on Link’s to UNCA’s Special Collections: Slides and Photograph Collection, Glass Plate Transparencies.