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Holiday Greenery Sale

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. 1st 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


It's almost fall in the mountains and the ladies are busy creating something for Willie's Garden in Town Square.  It will be displayed on Sat., Sept. 26 , so come join the fun and help decorate the town for fall. 

Community Garden News

Bee Event

The Bee Exhibit in our Upper Gallery at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts opens on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 6 - 8pm. Special guest will be Phyllis Stiles. The following week will be  events with four area schools. The students will imitate a swarm of bees from the Town Square to the Center of the Arts at 11 am on Sept. 15, 16 and 17.

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.

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!!

Bring your garden gloves and
Come join us to dig in the dirt and help spruce up the town. Volunteers are needed for different garden sites around town.  If your interested, please complete the form on the Contact Us page - you will be glad you did!

A Big Thank You

Joyce Black-Woerz was recognized for her financial contribution to the Beautification Committee. She recently created 6 paintings that were sold at The Cutting Crew. The money from the sale of these paintings was donated to the Beautification Committee. 

Mary Leonard White & Maggie Krogh were thanked for their work with the Dept. of Transportation.  They have been working for a very long time with DOT to improve the plantings at the I-40 entrance into Black Mountain.


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.