Black Mountain Beautification Committee

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Come Join us at the 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. 


 

         


Seed
Money
Application
Period
Open

Do you have ideas on how to enhance Black Mountain?
Do you need the funding to do this?
The Black Mountain Beautification Committee wants to help.


The 2016 award(s) will be given to an applicant(s) who submits a project that best exemplifies the mission of the Beautification Committee: honoring the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains. . .while seeking to reflect that beauty on the streets and in the lives of the citizens. The focus of the work must be gardening related, within Black Mountain, and adding a little something extra to our town.

Gardening related can have a broad view. It can be teaching children about growing vegetables, planting a garden, weeding, deadheading or leading a group to pick up litter along Rt. 70. We encourage applicants to use their imagination. The money for this project comes from proceeds raised at the Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale. The amount of money awarded will not exceed $600.00.

In 2014 we created the Seed Money Award and since its inception, six people/organizations have been presented a Seed Money Award. Last year one of the three award winners was the Third Grade Reading Room at Black Mountain Primary School. With the guidance of their teachers, the third graders put together a budget, designed an outdoor reading space, planted annuals and perennials and made sun catchers. They learned. They had fun. They created a beautiful space!

The deadline for this application is March 7, 2016.  Attachments_201627.zip
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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.  



 


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We would like to take a moment and celebrate the committee's accomplishments and to thank all the volunteers for making them happen.  From the creation of new garden sites to maintaining the existing ones and filling the containers around town with new seasonal plant material couldn't have been done without our never say no volunteers.  2015 brought new successful fundraising events -- Quilt Raffle, Clothesline Service Sale, 10,000 Villages, Paintings by Joyce Black-Woerz and Greenery Sale.   We wished goodbye to a couple of friends Susan Chabot and Bonnie Brunn and thanked them for their high energy commitment to the committee.  Welcomed new volunteers who have shared their many talents with our group. 

Some of these moments were captured on film so enjoy the montage of pictures in,  2015 Year in Review. 

We invite you all to come to our next Board Meeting on January 19, 2016.



Volunteer News

Elves in the Spotlight

Elves were spotted around Town on December 29th taking down Christmas decorations.  Due to the unseasonably warm month, the greenery was turning brown.  We thought it was best to go ahead and take down the decorations.

Speaking of the warm weather, weeds were popping up in the Town Square Garden.  They were easy to pull as the ground was saturated from all the rain we experienced.  The nice thing about weeding, it always leads to good conversation with friends. 

Excerpts from the Extension Master Gardeners of Buncombe County Blog

Your Shrubbery Might Need a Blanket

With all the vagaries of our weather in recent years, my winter forecast is that it will be either warmer than normal or lots colder, leaning toward the latter. In either case, it would be wise to survey your landscape to see where some protection might be a good investment.

The wisest approach is to select hardy Zone 5 plants for your landscape, then place them in a site that will take advantage of the terrain—or perhaps consider buildings for additional protection. South-facing slopes are great because of sun all year long, with cold air drifting downhill. In front of a stone wall is also an option because the wall retains heat.

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.