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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!

Specimen Paintings

Our co-chair, Joyce Black-Woerz, meticulously painted these beautiful specimen paintings that are framed in classic home moldings.  They are on display and for purchase at The Cutting Crew in Black Mountain.  Joyce has generously donated all proceeds from these painting to the BMBC.  Thank you Joyce! 


Featured News

New Garden Site Created

A new garden site was created using one giant and several large boulders donated by Black Mountain Alderman Don Collins, we created a seating area on Boulder Hill at Dougherty and Sutton streets from which folks can enjoy the southern view over the train tracks. To create a mountain feel around the boulders, we placed three 6-foot Emerald Green arborvitae that will eventually fill in and provide a dark green backdrop to the boulders. Their mature height and width are 15'x4'. Beside the giant boulder, we planted a globe-shaped, compact Colorado blue spruce called 'Montgomery'. Last, we placed several groupings of Blue Dune Lyme Grass that grow tall flower spikes in mid-summer, and the entire bed was mulched.  

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!

It takes a village

Thank you all that supported BMBC by shopping at Ten Thousand Villages in Montreat on June 7th.  A percentage of the day's sale were donated to the BMBC.  A special thank you to Susan E. who organized the event and Joyce A. and Anne D. for volunteering their afternoon. 

Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade, non-profit retailer with stores based in the United States and Canada. All Ten Thousand Villages products are fairly-traded, a system that offers artisans a fair, living wage for their work. Each purchase provides income for skilled artisans and their communities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

New Member Corner


A big welcome to our new members, Dan, Angie and Joshua Bennett. Thank you for attending our Board meeting and jumping in to take over a garden site!  

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.