Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc.
P. O. Box 33520
Raleigh, NC 27636-3520


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J.C. Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC


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Daniel Boone Native Gardens

2nd Annual High Country Horticultural Symposium

Slated for June 7

BOONE, N.C. – The second annual horticultural symposium sponsored by Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, will be held June 7. The theme is “Designing Your Garden” and will feature noted speakers in addition to a tour of the Daniel Boone Native Gardens.

The day-long event is designed for local gardeners and home owners. The program is sponsored in conjunction with the Daniel Boone Native Gardens and the Garden Club of North Carolina.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes continental breakfast, catered lunch, free parking, and tour of the Daniel Boone Native Gardens. Pre-registration is required.

Register online by April 30 is $59 per person.  Registration after April 30 is $70.  Seating is limited to 100 participants. Registration deadline is June 2.

Register online at or mail in registrations to Horticultural Symposium, Appalachian State University, PO Box 34042, Boone N.C., 28608.

For a list of accommodations in the High Country, visit

Speakers and topics include “Mysterious and Beautiful Rhododendrons” and “The Heath Family – A Worldwide Floral Delight” presented by Dr. Kathy Kron, professor of biology at Wake Forest University; “Fitting Your Garden To Your Landscape” by architect Paul Kron, regional planning director for the Piedmont Triad Regional Council; “Wild North Carolina: Exploring the Mountains’ Natural Community,” featuring Dr. Michael Shafale of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and ecologist for the N.C. Natural Heritage Program; and “The Best of Intentions – The Questions of Balance Between Nature and Horticulture” by David Bare, greenhouse manager for Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University and local columnist for the Winston-Salem Journal.

Dr. Zack Murrell, professor and assistant chair of Appalachian’s Department of Biology, said, “Guests will leave the symposium with how-to tips and suggestions about gardens.” Murrell will serve as moderator. He also is president of the Association of Southeastern Biologists and serves as curator of the university’s herbarium.

Exhibitors from local organizations will be available throughout the day. Following afternoon sessions, symposium attendees will tour the Daniel Boone Native Gardens located on Horn in the West Drive, two blocks from the campus.  The gardens include more than 200 native plants, including plants for sale this year during the symposium.

The symposium coincides with National Garden Week celebrated throughout the country, according to Rebecca Kaenzig, chair of the board of the Daniel Boone Native Gardens.

About the Daniel Boone Native Gardens
Opened in 1963, the mission of the gardens is to protect and conserve plants in addition to educating visitors about native plants of North Carolina. The gardens focus on wildflowers, ferns and trees. The Daniel Boone Native Gardens are located at 651 Horn in the West Drive, Boone, N.C. and open from May to October.

For more information see or call 828-264-6390. Visit Facebook for events.

The Birders sight a Northern Flicker at the Strawberry Arboretum during spring bird walk.
Photo by Sarah Gilley    This photo and article was published in the Mountain Times Newspaper located in Boone, NC on April 12, 2012.

Daniel Boone Gardens will host a Bird Tour Series during the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. from April to October.The guest guide on May 8 is Janet Palmer. Beginning birders are welcome at this free event.

Area bird lovers joined local Audubon expert Bob Cherry Tuesday for a tour around the Daniel Boone Native Gardens and a hike to the summit of Strawberry Arboretum.

High Country Audubon president Anita Clemmer reported that 16 species made the list during the early morning trek. Species included the Dark-eyed junco, Eastern Towhee, American robin, Carolina wren, Northern Cardinal, Carolina Chickadee, American Goldfinch, Tufted Titmouse, American Crow, Northern Flicker, Mourning Dove, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Blue Jay and Black-throated Green Warbler.

Wildflowers blooming in the gardens included the Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Trillium, Virginia Bluebells, Green and Gold, along with delicate Lilly of the Valley. The group visited the rockery section of the garden, which is specifically dedicated to plants attracting birds and butterflies.

For more information, visit or Facebook to see additional photos. To learn about bird activities, check schedules at

Daniel Boone Native Gardens, located in the heart of the mountain town of Boone, has had a busy year. Late April saw the 4th annual “Early Bird Plant Sale and Wildflower Walk”.   The gardens are undergoing a massive restoration. On July 16, “An Evening in the Gardens” invited visitors to stroll through the gardens for a $10 donation.  Enhanced fencing is a need and the hopefully we can improve a section of the fencing each year. The Daniel Boone Native Gardens are open 10 am – 6 pm from May 1 to October 31.

The Daniel Boone Native Gardens, located in downtown Boone, N.C., contain an outstanding collection of native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. Many plant varieties provide a progression of blooms throughout the growing season.

Opened in 1961, the three-acre Daniel Boone Native Gardens is a cooperative effort between the garden clubs of Boone and the state garden club. The gardens are leased from the town and are adjacent to the outdoor drama, “Horn in the West.” The site is presently managed by a fifteen member board of governors appointed by the Garden Club of North Carolina and maintenance is funded mainly through donations.

The purpose of the Daniel Boone Native Gardens is twofold: conserve rare or endangered plant species native to North Carolina and  educate the public about these plants. Through the use of a cabin located on the grounds, volunteers are also able to interpret pioneer mountain lifestyle from early 1800’s.

Within this public garden are several interesting features including a bog, a fern garden, a rock garden, an old wishing well, a vine-covered arbor, and a reflecting pool in front of the historic Squire Boone Cabin. Wrought-iron gates at the entrance were made by Daniel Boone, VI, a descendant of Daniel Boone, who hunted in the area.

Daniel Boone Native Gardens provide everyone an opportunity of quiet interlude with nature.

You can visit the official website here.