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Holiday Greenery Sale Extended to Oct. 10th

The much admired greenery used to decorate the town is now being offered to you this year to trim your home, office or for gift giving.  This is the best way to decorate for the holidays, support your local non-profit Black Mountain Beautification Committee and NC farms!

We are offering beautifully made Frasier Fir Wreaths in sizes of 22" and 24" plus Frasier Fir Garland in the size of 25'.  Please complete the attached order form and send it along with a check to be received by Oct. 10th to the address noted on the form. 

This is a time-sensitive offering so please act now to reserve your beautiful greenery made in North Carolina!

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Best Flower and Veggie Garden Annouced

On Wednesday, our team from the Beautification Committee traveled all around Black Mountain to tour the gardens entered into the Best Flower and Best Veggie Garden contest. We saw a wide variety; big and small, new and old, town and country. All entrants were avid gardeners, and we had a great time talking with them and hearing about their spaces.

“Best Flower Garden” is awarded to Mimi and John Crognale. This four-season garden is the couple’s passion, and it is evident in the extensive plantings throughout the two large lots. When they moved to their home 15 years ago, there were no plantings except for a lilac bush. They now have over 100 different kinds of plants, not counting the numerous varieties of hostas and ferns. Front, side and back yards are packed with stone-bordered beds of anemones, Echinacea, tulips, hyacinths, Dutch iris, asters, phlox, beauty berry, larkspur, campanula, cosmos, crocus, spirea, clematis, hellebores, and much, much more. Baby’s breath from their old home is still thriving in their garden today. There are peonies from John’s mother which are over 75 years old. Cedar paths wander between the beds. Antique yard-art is interspersed throughout, adding to the charm of the spaces. There is a small lawn for border collies, Andy and Benny. Mimi is developing a shade garden in one part of the space with hostas, leatherwood fern, Jacob’s Ladder and Clara Japonica. In addition to all the beautiful flowering plantings, the couple also has a smaller vegetable and berry garden with the biggest blueberries we’ve seen. John uses kitchen scraps and yard waste to make really wonderful compost for their beds. He also keeps a few bees, and plans to add a couple of chickens to the mix! This is an impressive garden which continues to grow and evolve.

“Best Vegetable Garden” is awarded to Sharon McConnaughy. Sharon maintains an organic veggie garden with the healthiest plants we saw. Tomatoes, eggplants, globe and Japanese squash, watermelon radish, green peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, sugar pie pumpkins, muskmelons, Thai basil and dill are thriving in a 20’ by 20’ fenced plot. A smaller potato patch is in a separate space. She uses no chemicals on her plants - only Neem oil on the eggplants – and hand picks pests. Red plastic is around her tomatoes, which Sharon says increases the productivity of the plants and the size of the fruits. It must works since they are loaded with big fruits! Sharon only adds compost tea and manure from a friend’s horse to the soil, and keeps a plant log to accurately rotate her crops from year to year. All in all, this winning garden is a really beautiful, healthy and productive space.

Congratulations to our winners, and many thanks to all those who entered the contest. Winners receive a $100.00 gift card to Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack. We hope to see more wonderful gardens next year!


Featured News


Sometime between the night of Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Thursday morning, a life-size scarecrow and the newest addition to the Black Mountain Beautification Committee's fall display was removed from her regal post, according to Libba Fairleigh, secretary and publicity chair of the committee and a Black Mountain resident.

A police report was filed Thursday with the Black Mountain Police Department, but the committee is not offering a reward. Rather, members are relying on this welcoming community to bring back its cheery greeter, "no questions asked," Fairleigh said.

"We'd just like to have it returned," she said.  Read more here

Fall Decorations Abound in Town

A lot goes into decorating the town and thanks to all the members that donated their time, strength and creativity.  Here is a shout out to:  Joyce and Mary for creating the scarecrows.  Libba and Suzanne for ordering/storing all the pumpkins and hay bales.  Mayor Mike Sobol and gang of 7 that cut over 300 cornstalks down in the field.  All the volunteers who decorated in the pouring rain in order for their neighbors and town visitors to enjoy the celebration of fall!

Calling All Volunteers

Come join us as we have a workday at The Chamber/Visitors Center in Black Mountain on Oct. 24 at 8:30 am.  Bring your favorite gardening tools and a good story as we work in the garden.

Improved Garden Site

A Big Thank you to the Town of Black Mountain for helping BMBC clean up the dead rhododendron and the poison ivy at Westgate. It looks SO GOOD now! We really appreciate your help!!

A Big Thank You to

Dan Howachyn for creating and donating a handrail for the steps in the new sidewalk section in Town Square.

Exerts from the Extension Master Gardeners of Buncombe County Blog

Register for the Master Gardener Regional Symposium "Passionate Mountain Gardening".  The Extension Master Gardener Regional Symposium is scheduled for October 22, 2015 at the DoubleTree Biltmore Hotel Asheville. This year's event theme will be "Passionate Mountain Gardening".  The phenomenal and always entertaining Carol Reese, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist with the University of Tennessee and writer for Fine Gardening and Horticulture magazines, will be our featured speaker.  This all-day program is open to the general public.  Click here for more information.

Sponsorship and Note cards

If you are looking for a unique, local gift for that special person consider purchasing a sponsorship. For more details, visit the Get Involved page.  

If you need a hostess, teacher gift or a gift to say "lets stay in touch", look no further.  Our Co-chair, Joyce Black-Woerz, designed these four beautiful prints.  These note cards can be purchased at the Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain and by completing the form on our Contact Us page. The fee is $5 plus postage.