Unique Holiday Items at the Christmas Greens Market - TribPapers

Unique Holiday Items at the Christmas Greens Market

A stunning wreath by Carolina Flowers can be found at the Holiday Sale. Photo courtesy of French Broad River Garden Club Foundation.

Asheville – The French Broad River Garden Club Foundation plans to open their 96th Annual Holiday Greens Market again at Clems Cabin on Saturday, December 2 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday, December 3 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Over 30 talented craftsmen and artists are bringing their unique items to 1000 Hendersonville Road in Asheville for this holiday sale. Paul DeWitt will be showing his spectacular hand crafted nutcrackers. Jake Greear has stunning hand-made cutting boards, bowls and utensils, made from rich exotic woods, perfect for a Christmas gift. Majorie Rockwell of Conjure Craft Chocolate will be bringing small batch bean-to-bar chocolates with many varieties and flavors. A wide selection of delicious jellies and jams from Imladris Farm will be available to purchase. These preserves have been made from fruit that has not be polluted by insecticides or chemical fertilizer on the farm in Fairview.

Scott Waldrop will be selling his flavor infused balsamics and other thick syrupy vinegars. Equilibria Botanica will be selling Carmen’s gentle skincare products of botanical oils, soaps and lotions. Sandy Batton will be offering some lovely handmade pottery pieces (colorful mugs, plates) from Batton ClayWorks. Wesley Angel of Newfound Forge will be exhibiting some striking blacksmith pieces. Jenny Benscher will be showing some exotic bracelet cuffs made from stingray and snake skin–perfect for that fussy teenager in the family. In addition, you will have the opportunity to buy a painting or print by the talented Brevard artist Shannon Whitworth. To see her remarkable style, go to https://www.shannonwhitworth.com/design.

Karen Donatelli, whose bakery shop is there on the FBRGC property, will be selling elegant holiday treats as well as offering hot chocolate and lots of fresh baked cookies to nibble on, as you go from vendor to vendor. Or perhaps you want to pick up some flavored holiday pecans at Lynne Froeba’s booth of Farm Girl Foodie. Her Sweet and Spicy Pecans are always a big favorite. Without a doubt you will be able to find the perfect gift needed for your child’s teacher or to bring as a hostess gift All of this can be found during the French Broad River Garden Club’s Holiday Greens Market Sale this weekend. Be sure to come early as items sell out quickly.

The wonderful smell of fresh florals and greens subtly brings on the magic of Christmas. When combined with twinkling lights and Christmas tunes a home can be transformed for the holiday season by placing fresh greenery throughout. You can find a wreath for your door, garlands for the stair rails or mantlepiece or just the right size boxwood centerpiece to purchase for your table. Clem’s Cabin and the surrounding area will be filled with lovely decorations, including holly berries, fresh cut twigs and deciduous branches, everything a homeowner needs to bring the heavenly Christmas scents and decor into the home for the holiday season. Many vendors, including Laura and Alysia Robinson as well as Vickie McCall, Jenifer Miller and Kay Miller, have been artfully arranging these greens for the holiday for many years. Dried flowers, wreathes, fresh eucalyptus and dusty miller foliage are being brought to the sale by Blazing Star Flowers. Emily Patrick with Carolina Flowers will also have wreaths and dried arrangements to purchase.

Orders can be taken at the event for pick-up at a later date. Cash, Check, and Credit Cards Accepted. If you would like more information about this event, please contact Carolyn Macfie, Greens Market Chair, at (828) 506-7649 or email: carolyn.macfie@gmail.com

The French Broad River Garden Club Foundation

The French Broad River Garden Club Foundation (FBRGCF) was chartered in 1927 and was 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. All proceeds from this sale support local horticultural and conservation scholarships and projects. Scholarships are given to various area schools, such as Warren Wilson, Haywood Community College and UNCA.

FBRGC welcomes visitors to tour their gardens at Clem’s Cabins. The gardens are 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.