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“Growing Perennials in the Mountains”

Next Program – April 3, 2018

Cristine Dzielak of Landmark Landscapes Arden, NC, will address “Growing Perennials in the Mountains”. Mrs. Dzielak combines a Landscape Design and Project management background with over 16 years of working on projects ranging from small residential to multi-million dollar public gardens. Perennials and their use in the landscape have become her gardening favorite both personally and professionally.

Location: First Baptist Church of Asheville Dining Room at 12:45p. 

If you wish to have an optional hot lunch, arrive at 11:45a; cost for lunch is $11.00.  Contact Gerry Hardesty at gerry327@charter.net for a reservation.  More information found on Club’s web site. Attending the program is free.

March 6, 2018 Program

Sowing Seeds of Victory:  American Gardening Programs of World Wars I & II. 

Phil Roudebush, member of the Club and a Master Gardener, presented.

Victory Gardens were a major feature of the Men’s Garden Club in its early years, 1942-1946.  Now vegetable gardening is becoming more prominent in elementary schools, city parks  and as  community gardens.  

February 6, 2018 Program

Ray Oliver, farmer, has developed organic compost that produces positive growing results. He will talk about what to look for in compost and potting soil.

Men’s Garden Club of Asheville

MISSION STATEMENT

The Men’s Garden Club of Asheville is a community service, non-profit organization that:

  • educates members and the general public in various aspects of gardening
  • supports beautification sites in Asheville
  • offers horticultural scholarships
  • provides opportunities for fellowship

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Above:  Spring plants growing in club greenhouse in preparation for sale 2016.

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Who are we….

Founded in 1940, the Men’s Garden Club of Asheville – a nonprofit organization – is celebrating 75 years of community service in 2015.  The objectives of our club have always been education, gardening, beautification, community service and fellowship. This is accomplished during our monthly meetings at which knowledgeable speakers are invited to speak, along with hand-on activities at our greenhouse site, and engaging in various gardening projects within the community.Currently the club gives two scholarships, one each to Mayland Community College and Blue Ridge Community College.  (see Scholarship under Activities.)

What we do…

Some plants are raised from cuttings at our own horticulture center with monies generated in our annual spring and fall sales supporting two scholarships to deserving community college students who are pursuing a career in horticulture.  Other plants are purchased from local nurseries and wholesalers.

Here is what makes MGCA a success!

Here is what makes MGCA a success!

Gerry Hardesty propagating cuttings to be raised for sale.

Gerry Hardesty propagating cuttings to be raised for sale.

Rooting chamber for cuttings

Rooting chamber for cuttings

Inside rooting chamber

Inside rooting chamber

After the cuttings grow to a certain size, they are repotted. Ted Faber and Bob Thatcher work the repotting table.

After the cuttings grow to a certain size, they are repotted. Ted Faber and Bob Thatcher work the repotting table.

Taking a break from the hot summer work of repotting.

Cuttings are carefully prepared for the propagation process.

And while we have always engaged in community beautification projects; this year in cooperation with both AB-Tech and the Western North Carolina Historical Association we are restoring the historic Smith-McDowell house landscaping following plans by the Frederick Law Olmsted landscape company in 1900 (See below.)  A re-dedication ceremony  was held on August 20, 2015.

If you are interested in becoming a member, please proceed to the Join page for details.

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