Upcoming Program

“Saving all the Parts; the Importance of Endangered Species Protection in Conservation and Economies”

Rachel Muir

March 7 at First Baptist Church of Asheville

All are invited.

Optional lunch begins at noon ($11.00) with the talk about 12:45.

Questions and lunch reservations:  274-7821.

In the collection of his journals essays entitled “Round River” American conservationist Aldo Leopold said this: “To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.” With good cause this concept is cited as one of the central reasons for conserving endangered species.  Often we don’t know or fully understand the role of species in the ecosystems they inhabit or the consequences of the loss of a species from a human perspective.  Some endangered plants have been found to be a source of cancer-curing medicines; other species provide vital “ecosystem services” such as cleaning our waters and air. Her presentation on rare and endangered species will include include plant and animal species from the southern Appalachians.  A discussion about practical steps citizens can take to preserve biological diversity will follow.

Dr. Muir is a retired ecologist from the US Geological Service with whom she still works as a Scientist Emeritus. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Horticultural Society.

Men’s Garden Club of Asheville


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






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


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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