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11th Annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale

Mark your 2016 calendar as the Garden Show and Sale is set for Sat., May 21 from 9 am to 4 pm held at the grounds of the historic Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain, NC. 

This much loved free event is a favorite of locals and visitors.  We will be having a wide variety of plant material for sale featuring perennials, annuals, herbs, native trees, shrubs and garden accessories.  In between your shopping, come sit awhile and listen to the free gardening related demonstrations held throughout the day.

A delightful choice of lunch specials will be available at the Monte Vista Hotel for you to enjoy while you sit and soak in the mountain beauty. 

Stop by to see our Clothes Line Sale which will feature different gardening related services and much more for sale.  Example of some of last year sale items:  10 hrs of weeding services, how to make ravioli, a planting of 50 spring bulbs and Italian herb garden container.  These services were sold quickly, so don't miss out. 

In the coming months a list of vendors and workshops will be posted on this page. 

Volunteer Corner

Volunteer Corner

The Chamber of Commerce

A big "T H A N K   Y O U" to all the volunteers who worked on the landscape outside of The Chamber of Commerce in Black Mountain on Saturday, Oct. 24.  Every garden bed was filled with busy workers clearing the weeds, pruning back perennials and dressing the bed with mulch.  We had a great time and didn't even get too dirty!

Alley Way Completed

A new project was handed to us to do a landscape makeover in The Alley Way between Europa and Veranda on Cherry Street.  The first step was completed by Leslie and Hagen as they cleared the spot.  A small committee was formed to design a plan and budget for landscape material then once approved installed the plants.  Next time you are in town, take a stroll down the alley way and admire the new look.



Holiday Greenery Sale

The greenery sale was very successful and Thank You to all that ordered.  If you didn't order this year, please consider putting it on your "2016 To Do List". 

The much admired greenery used to decorate the town was offered this year for trimming 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 offered for sale beautifully made Frasier Fir Wreaths in sizes of 22" and 24" plus 25' Frasier Fir Garland.  Put this special Christmas offer on your calendar for 2016.

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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 or by completing the form on our Contact Us page.  The fee is $5 plus postage.  


Featured News

Volunteers spruce up town for holidays

A sincere thank you to Margaret Hurt for writing the feature article about the Beautification Committee in the Nov. 5th edition of the Black Mountain News.  To read the story, click here.

Volunteer Spotlight

Joyce Ackerman presented Suzanne Money and the women at the Swannanoa Correctional Center the Shining Light Award for the 25 beautifully grown flats of violas.  These were grown in the facilities greenhouse which were planted in the hayracks and containers in Black Mountain in October.

Suzanne presented Libba Fairleigh the Shining Light Award for the extra challenges she faced this year in getting the resources together for the fall decorating.

Community News

Emily Sampson, a leader in growing pollinator plants for large scale habitat restoration projects in our area has developed a plan to plant butterfly attractors around the disk golf course by the community gardens in Black Mountain. These Waystations would be part of an international effort to create pollinator habitat to "help our bees and butterflies which are declining globally.” Her plan is to seed portions of the fairway and perimeter with native short grasses and wildflowers, like late blooming asters and goldenrods.

Emily is reaching out to our community to take part in this project and provide help in seeding the area prior to our first real freeze of the season. Work days are scheduled for December 11th and 12th from noon to 4:00pm. If you are able to help out, please R.S.V.P. to Emily at or at 828-545-6826.

The golf course is located south of the I-40 by the community gardens; Exit 64; south on Hwy. 9, after 0.75 miles, bear right on Blue Ridge Rd., then 1.5 miles to a right turn onto Rec. Park Dr. to the golf course. If you can come out and help seed, bring your hoes if you have them, and please pass this along to friends who may also be able to help out.

Exerts from the Extension Master Gardeners of Buncombe County Blog

Free Soil Testing Ends Soon

NC Department of Agriculture’s peak soil testing season period begins November 26th. Soil samples received by November 25 will be analyzed at no charge. For samples received November 26, 2015 through March 31st, 2016 a $4 fee per sample will be charged. Free soil analysis will not be available again until April.  Read more here

Fall Tool Maintenance

As you’re finishing up the fall garden chores it’s a good idea to get your tools repaired or maintained before you put them away. Don’t wait until you need them next spring to discover a missing bolt or broken handle on the machine or tool that you need to use. As a reminder here are some of the common tool maintenance tasks - read more here

Gardening Corner

If you are looking to add some color to your plant containers, consider adding violas a/k/a Johnny jump-up.  Violas come in a wide range of colors -- blue, yellow, lavender and bi-colors or tricolors.  They like cool, moist weather, part shade and rich soil.  If planted in the fall, they can extend through the spring by regularly deadheading the flowers.  So enjoy these tiny little faces throughout the season.