February 5, 2019

Club members and guests will meet at the First Baptist Church of Asheville. Peter Loewer, Club Member and much published author, will be the featured speaker.

January 8, 2019

Club members and guests met to honor members for their contributions to the Club’s Activities during 2018. Scholarship recipients and special community recognition was also made.

December 11, 2018

Meeting rescheduled for January 8, 2018.

November 6, 2018

Tom Ross presented a program on weather and gardening. Tom is a meteorologist who is retired from federal service. He was a senior forecaster at AccuWeather, Inc., for nearly 10 years before starting work in 1985 with the National Climatic Data Center. He was involved in climate monitoring for several years, creating and updating a monthly popular “Climate Watch” series. He owns High Country Nursery, specializing in growing Japanese maples, conifers, roses and other fine landscape plants and trees in Fairview, N.C.

October 2, 2018

Our speaker was familiar to many: Lisa Wagner, formerly Director of Education at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens at Clemson University.  Her topic will be “Pocket Gardens,” the use of native plants in small spaces.  She is an excellent speaker, and her previous talks have been practical and very useful to me.

September 11, 2018

The program was presented by Debbie Rinas, Vice President and Program Chair of Asheville Garden Club shared news of the programs and projects the club has undertake this year.

September 8, 2018

MGCA was one of the vendors at the fall plant sale to be held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 8, at the Botanical Garden of Asheville

May 4-5, 2018

The annual plant sale at the Botanical Garden of Asheville.

We had a great selection on annual flowers at great prices.

May 8, 2018

Program was to be a tour of a member garden for members and their guests only. Look to the June meeting for another general public meeting.

“Growing Perennials in the Mountains”

April 3, 2018

Cristine Dzielak of Landmark Landscapes Arden, NC, addressed “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.

March 6, 2018

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

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


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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