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Holiday Shopping Begins at Greens Market and Miracle at Marquee

Photo by Mel Poole.

Asheville – The French Broad River Garden Club Foundation’s 95th Annual Holiday Greens Market opens again at Clem’s Cabin at 1000 Hendersonville Road, in South Asheville, for two days:  Saturday, December 3rd (9 a.m.–3 p.m.), and Sunday, December 4th (11 a.m.–3 p.m.). Later in the day on Saturday, December 3rd, shoppers can then head to the Marquee Asheville in the River Arts District to attend “Miracle at Marquee,” a holiday celebration from 6-9 PM. Both will be filled with a wide variety of unusual gifts, handcrafted by regional artists and perfect for holiday gift giving.

Locally talented craftsmen and artists are all bringing unique products not found in local stores to the two-day Garden Club sale. Here they are all collected in one place for you to purchase for the holidays. Many of these items can only be found occasionally at various local marketplaces around the area. Farm Girl Foodie’s Lynne Froeba is bringing her homemade baked pecans in delectable flavors like Sweet-N-Spicy Pecans and Bourbon Flavored Pecans.Dema Badr from Finch Gourmet Market will be bringing holiday cookies. Kim Ramsey will be selling honey produced at the Jewel Hill Farm in Marshall. In addition, the members of the Garden Club are baking sweet and savory items, as well as special breads, Christmas cookies, cakes, and homemade pies.

There will be beautiful wooden items, such as bowls and cutting boards, as well as iron forged pieces. Jake Greear will be showing his handsome inlaid cutting boards and trays; Wesley Angel from the Newfound Forge in Leicester will be bringing his lovely crafted ironwork pieces, which are perfect for an unusual Christmas gift. There are several greenery vendors in the area for home holiday decorating. Vickie McCall, Jennifer Miller, and Kay Miller arranged lovely greens, centerpieces, wreaths, and garlands. Russell Lyda is bringing fresh greens, holly berries, twigs, and branches.

Some new vendors this year will be Imladris Farm with their locally grown jams and jellies; Anna Blair Publow with unusual and beautiful jewelry designs, the Maadili Collection’s artisan woven baskets, textiles, and jewelry—many from Uganda; the artist Kala White with hand-painted ornaments and calendars; and Macon York of Macon York Press with beautiful hand-printed letterpress cards, stationery, and gift tags. The talented designers at Blossoms Creative will be showing fresh arrangements along with garlands, wreaths, holiday wrap, and cards.

The French Broad River Garden Club Foundation’s Christmas Greens Market brings together a wonderful array of items and is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Orders can be taken at the event for pick-up at a later date. Cash, checks, and credit cards are all accepted. If you would like more information about this event, please contact Carolyn Macfie at (828) 506-7649 or email:

All proceeds from this sale support local horticultural and conservation scholarships and projects. The French Broad River Garden Club Foundation (FBRGCF) was chartered in 1927 and admitted to the Garden Club of America in 1930. FBRGCF is committed to promoting the conservation, development, and intelligent use of the natural resources of North Carolina and elsewhere. Scholarships are given to various area schools, such as Warren Wilson, Haywood Community College, and UNCA.

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. The French Broad River Garden Club has a limited amount of funding available to support horticultural or conservation projects or education in the community. Applications are due May 1st.

Miracle at Marquee Asheville

Marquee Asheville, a design-centric marketplace of curated vendors in the River Arts District, has announced that they will be hosting  “Miracle at Marquee,” a holiday celebration, on Friday, December 2 from 6–9 p.m. Attendees will enjoy live music, treats from Mary’s Mountain Cookies, and drinks by Saint Brighid’s Bar. An Uglier Sweater Competition will be held, whereby an ugly holiday sweater has been made even worse. The winner of this competition will win a $100 all access pass to Marquee.

The evening’s event will be co-hosted with OpenDoors Asheville, a local nonprofit with a mission to strengthen the community by eliminating race-based opportunity and achievement gaps for students through education. Many in this community may have attended the yearly Art Affairs events held by OpenDoors to raise money for their cause. The next one is to be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, and is sponsored by Hunter Volvo and Pine Gate Renewables. OpenDoors will be showcasing and selling glass-blown ornaments at this Miracle at Marquee evening, made by local Asheville artists Hayden Wilson and Asher Holman. The proceeds from these sales will support OpenDoors’ important mission.

Robert Nicholas, owner of Marquee Asheville, says, “The drama continues at Marquee as we curate unforgettable moments with our community of creatives. Join us on December 2 as we celebrate the holiday season. Marquee is your holiday shopping destination to find gifts for those you truly love.”  Marquee offers amazing art collections, unique antiques, vintage and artful decor, jewelry, and crafts for the home and garden. It’s the culmination of a European street market infused with the vibrant Asheville vibe.The dramatic space features the excitement and talent of its over-the-top decor and creative vendors.

Attending the Miracle at Marquee and the Greens Market of the French Broad River Garden Club will undoubtedly put you in a festive mood for the upcoming holidays.