Daniel Boone Native Gardens
Some beautiful photos from the Daniel Boone Gardens
10th ANNUAL EARLY BIRD WILDFLOWER WALK & PLANT SALE
9 AM – 1 PM, APRIL 29TH, 2017
The Daniel Boone Native Gardens Board invites you to stop by for our annual plant sale fundraiser on April 29th, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Local growers and vendors will be selling native and locally raised plants in the parking lot. This year’s sale will include native perennials propagated from seeds by students and other volunteers at the Biology Greenhouse. Information about gardening with native plants and for birds and pollinators will be available from a variety of groups, such as the North Carolina Native Plant Society and Audubon Society.
|There will be events scheduled in the Gardens, including children’s activities. Plan to bring the family and have a fun-filled outing!
|Join us for an Early Bird Walk to watch and listen to the birds at the Gardens and the Strawberry Hill Arboretum.|
|Grab some goodies and a cup of coffee at the Bake Sale courtesy of the local Garden Clubs.|
|Take a guided tour to explore the Gardens with one of our Wildflower Walks. Spring ephemerals should be in bloom throughout the Gardens.|
The Board and lots of volunteers under the guidance of our volunteer coordinator Dave Kline and landscape architect Bob Oelberg have been working on invasive weed removal and replanting sections of the Gardens with native plants. If some visitors saw cardboard and mulch put down on beds, that was part of the process of choking the invasive weeds (things like English Ivy, Garlic Mustard, Bishop’s Weed, Coltsfoot, Periwinkle and others). It’s a multi-year effort and an ongoing struggle to get rid of them. Most recently (last fall), the Master Gardeners have replanted a section along the Allee with native shrubs.
Other areas of the Gardens are being worked on as well with the help of Blue Ridge Garden Club and Mountain Laurel Garden Club (formerly Gardenerettes). The bed at the Rockery is now a pollinator garden and a mason bee house has been put up to educate visitors about these gentle native bees. The newest garden going in this year is a memorial garden near the pond and cabin that will showcase native edibles, herbs and medicinal plants that may have been used by the early settlers, including a traditional Native American Three Sisters Garden. We are currently making plans to redo the Meditation Garden, which was damaged by a big oak tree that fell in a storm a couple of years ago.
There is work ongoing on structures at the Gardens as well. The old Rustic Arbor was falling apart and has been replaced with a new one in 2015, courtesy of the Master Gardeners and salvaged locust wood donated for this purpose. The damaged sections of the wood fence around the Gardens have been repaired last year, and the Gatehouse has been fitted with a new roof to replace the old, leaky one. Our main office will be located in the Gatehouse for the coming season. We are planning on adding a new tool shed this year. All of these things are done with donations or grant money.
We have also experimented with modernizing our plant labels. This was a project started in 2014 in collaboration with students from Appalachian State University. The new labels have QR codes on them, which can be scanned with a smart phone and link to a website with more information about each plant. There are over 200 plant labels at the Gardens, including about 70 so far with QR codes. The online plant database for this is still a work in progress but currently the closest thing we have to a plant inventory list, which some people have asked about. It is available here:
Last spring, we collaborated with the Blue Ridge Chapter of the NC Native Plant Society and volunteers from the Botany class at the university in a native plant rescue effort at the construction site for the new Profile Trail parking lot at Grandfather Mountain State Park. Plants that were in the path of the bulldozers were dug up (with permit and under supervision by rangers) and relocated to the Fern Garden and Rhododendron Walk areas of the Daniel Boone Native Gardens. More than 100 plants, mostly spring ephemerals and some woody plants, were moved. I expect the survivors coming back this year will be blooming mid April to early May and I’m planning to do a guided tour of the area at our Plant Sale on April 29.