Located adjacent to the campus of UNC Asheville, The Botanical Gardens of Asheville made for a very pleasant afternoon stroll. Something to help the $200 it cost me to get a NC license plate go done a bit easier. $200 Ouch! The gardens were free.
Between the drought, the end of summer season and the predominantly forest habitat there was not a lot in bloom. Which does not mean there was not a lot to see. This is mainly a native plant collection and many of the trees, shrubs and perennials were well labeled. There just were not any of those glossy plant porn shots you garden bloggers have grown so accustomed to.
The site spoke for itself though and the garden is located in a beautiful forested setting. It is comprised of two parts mainly, a stream valley and the hill that runs parallel to it.
Looking back from the way I came the stream is on the right and the ridge line on the left. The main plantings with labels were on the ridge.
At the far end of the garden an authentic log cabin with a dog trot, the Hayes Cabin, sits bordering a sunny open lawn.
Nice Fireplace and chimney and a side view of the big shady front porch.
Headed back along the ridge. There were many Rhododendron and Azalea species and native woodland perennials through this section of the garden. They were all in desperate need of rain.
This caught my eye of course. Color. Strawberry Bush, Euonymus americana.
What is a garden without art? This looked like it was an actual functioning fountain at one time or at some point. Yes that is a pond in the stone planter bed.
Now I guess I believe the local garden columnist who said it was a bad year for butterflies. Under normal conditions this garden may have had more in bloom at this time of year.
It is worth a return visit. The ambiance of the garden itself was worth the trip today. Spring would be a good time.
Back at home where I think I got a bit more rain and still have manageable numbers of plants to hand water, the Monarchs were liking my store bought Joe Pye Weed big time.