Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Snapshots of the Asheville Garden Bloggers Fling

Peony in Nan Chase's garden
What a whirlwind, wonderful trip I had to the 5th Annual Garden Bloggers Fling. This one was in Asheville, NC (which I fell in love with) and was my 4th fling. Each fling is fabulous and they get even better because of the people - old friends and new ones to make. I hope I have time to blog about each garden we visited separately, but in case I don't I've put together some snapshots to give you an idea of the diversity.

Before I delve into that, let me be sure to thank the esteemed team of bloggers who brought this to fruition: Christopher of Outside Clyde, Frances of Fairegarden, Lisa of Natural Gardening, Helen of Gardening with Confidence, Nan Chase, Ani, and if I missed you, just know you were appreciated!

Christopher Mello's tonka trunk garden, West Asheville
'Blue Pearl' poppy that Christopher Mello is developing
Shady spot at the Burton Street Community Peace Garden
Sunny Point Cafe kitchen garden
The compost bin I lusted after at Sunny Point Cafe
Tim Spira, author of Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains & Piedmont and Lisa Wagner's husband, identifying some galls while on a native plant walk at the NC Arboretum
There was a whole lotta love at Wamboldtopia in West Asheville
Christopher pointing out the metal tub surround at Wamboldtopia
Peter and Jasmine Gentling's garden was so peaceful. Here Cindy, Andrea and Kelly relax amongst the tall trees.
Gail studies the sun's path in the Gentling garden
Another invitation to stroll at the Gentling's garden
Moss walk at Gentling
Hydrangea in the conservatory of the Biltmore Estate. Wish you could tell how huge the petals were!
View from the Biltmore Estate
Haywood Community College Gardens
'Creation' by Christopher Carrie at his mountaintop home, Ku'ulei 'Aina
Barbara, Andrea and Lisa on the path to Bonnie Brae, Christopher's mother's place right next door
The view from Bonnie Brae
White Garden Inn
Nan Chase, author of Eat Your Yard and other books, has a beautiful tiny garden and interesting poplar bark house
I loved visiting fellow blogger Lisa's house and garden. She has a typical gardener desk filled with seed packets, writing material, and gardening books.
Last but not least, some of the 80+ garden bloggers. Photo courtesy of Pam Penick
For more on gardens in Asheville, visit the Explore Asheville site.

Next year's Fling will be in San Francisco, yeehaw!

This post was written by Jean McWeeney for my blog Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog. Copyright 2012. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.