President’s Corner

President Nelson Sobel

In 1939 people with a common interest in gardening met seeking to form a new garden club in the Asheville area.  As a result, the Men’s Garden Club of Asheville officially came into being in January, 1940.  Perhaps our founders had the hope that their Club would still be flourishing 20, 0r 30, 0r 50 years into the future, and here we are74 years after its start planning for our 75th anniversary celebration.  To help celebrate our 75th anniversary the Club is working on a major landscape project, in conjunction with other organizations, at the historic Smith-McDowell House on the A.B. Tech Community College campus in Asheville.

The Smith-McDowell House project is one of the many ways that enable us to be  vibrant Club.  Consider our Container Garden Contest with contestants from Elementary Schools in the Asheville and Buncombe County school systems, designing and creating container gardens that compete for ribbons and prizes.  Besides teaching basic gardening, teachers use this contest as a means to teach Language Arts, Math, and Science.  The local print media has published noteworthy articles about the contest, and our local TV station had a segment on the contest as well.

Every year many Club members contributed their time to grow plants at our Horticulture Center.  The plants are then sold at plant sales to raise money to help support the Horticulture Scholarships given deserving recipients at local Community Colleges.

Thanks to our members’ dedication, our Club was voted the #1 Garden Club in Western North Carolina in the 2013 Mountain Express poll.

Good ways to keep up to date with our Club is to visit this web-site regularly, read the monthly Seed Pod news letters and become a friend on our Facebook page.

Happy gardening

Nelson Sobel, President



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