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North Carolina

A Gardener’s Delight: The Private & Public Landscapes of Asheville

Program No. 21968RJ
Come to Asheville to witness some of the nation’s most renowned gardens and landscapes as you explore the Biltmore Estate, North Carolina Arboretum and several private gardens.
Length
6 days
Rating (4.94)
Activity Level
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949

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Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2023
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Apr 30 - May 5, 2023
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May 14 - May 19, 2023
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May 21 - May 26, 2023
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May 28 - Jun 2, 2023
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Aug 13 - Aug 18, 2023
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Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
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Sep 17 - Sep 22, 2023
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Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2023
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1,149
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Apr 30 - May 5, 2023
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May 14 - May 19, 2023
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May 21 - May 26, 2023
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May 28 - Jun 2, 2023
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Aug 13 - Aug 18, 2023
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Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
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Sep 17 - Sep 22, 2023
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At a Glance

Since Frederick Law Olmsted designed the landscape for George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate in the late 19th century, the people of Asheville, N.C. have prided themselves on the gardens and natural beauty of the region. Join local experts as they share their botanical knowledge and lead explorations to public spaces including the Biltmore Estate, the North Carolina Arboretum and the Botanical Gardens at Asheville. Then, enjoy guided visits to several private gardens owned by local residents.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile over uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Spend an afternoon at the North Carolina Arboretum and admire its many gardens, including the Bonsai Pavilion — home to the largest collection of bonsais in the Southeast.
  • Enjoy guided visits to several private gardens in Montreat and Asheville, and walk the impressive grounds of the Biltmore Estate.
  • Admire the flora of the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, home to 600 species of plants native to the Southern Appalachian region and 50 rare plants including Pale Yellow Trillium.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Opportunities are available for traveling companions to attend a different program at Montreat during the same week.
Featured Expert
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Bobbie Pell
Bobbie Pell, a trained naturalist with a degree in Outdoor Environmental Education, shares her love of nature, conservation, and everything floral. Her award-winning fiction and poetry include imagery from the natural world. A professional artist for more than 15 years, Bobbie blends artistic design elements with information gained from research, professional readings, and garden courses by Audubon, National Wildlife Federation, and the North Carolina Arboretum. She offers students opportunities to make holistic, artistic connections with nature, sculpting home gardens into spaces of serenity and beauty.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Steven A Frowine View biography
Steven Frowine is a professional horticulturist who has been an avid gardener since he was a teenager. Holding Bachelor's and Master's degrees in horticulture and plant science from Ohio State and Cornell, Steve has worked in senior positions with several top botanical gardens and companies in the horticultural world. The author of five books on orchids, “Gardening Basics for Dummies,” numerous articles and lectures, and a frequent guest on radio and TV, Steve greatly enjoys sharing his love of plants and gardening with others.
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Sarah Akin View biography
Sarah began work at the Montreat Conference Center in July of 2016. She started as a member of the Sales Department; in August 2018, she joined the Program Department. As a programmer, she is responsible for organizing partner conferences and assisting with Road Scholar programming. Raised in the south, Sarah has an appreciation for good food, warm hospitality and country music. She loves hiking, front porches, rocking chairs, and visiting museums and historic sites.
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Tracy Bailey View biography
Tracy has been on the program staff of Montreat Conference Center since 1986. She began working with Elderhostel programs in 1989, and in 1997 assumed the additional role of on-site coordinator. A native of the area, she graduated from Asheville-Buncombe Technical College in 1981. Her favorite hobbies are hiking, pottery and reading. Tracy married Sam in 2007, and added three daughters to her family. In addition to her own grown children, she and Sam have been foster parents since 2010. They have four grandchildren.
Profile Image of Bobbie Pell
Bobbie Pell View biography
Bobbie Pell, a trained naturalist with a degree in Outdoor Environmental Education, shares her love of nature, conservation, and everything floral. Her award-winning fiction and poetry include imagery from the natural world. A professional artist for more than 15 years, Bobbie blends artistic design elements with information gained from research, professional readings, and garden courses by Audubon, National Wildlife Federation, and the North Carolina Arboretum. She offers students opportunities to make holistic, artistic connections with nature, sculpting home gardens into spaces of serenity and beauty.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Landscaping with Wildflowers: An Environmental Approach to Gardening
by Wilson, Jim
To give your garden that sense of natural growth within planned parameters, this book focuses on the natural world as whole, allowing the flowers to attract pollinators and provide shelter during the seasons for wildlife. Gardening for specific habitats such as wetlands, grass lands, meadows, and prairies are highlighted. The second half of the book is encyclopedic in nature with plant soil preferences, color, height, and growing seasons to aid the gardener in making the best choices for their home gardens.
Art and Nature: An Illustrated Anthology of Nature Poetry
by Metropolitan Museum of Art, ed by Kate Farrell
A magical journey to the heart through the pairing of words and imagery by classical writer and artists. This book is a visual feast for the reader as page after page reveals Master paintings collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the various hues and tones of color, deepening the experience with the selected poems.
Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials.
by Phillips, Ellen and C.Colston Burrell
This source is arranged in three parts: Designing the Perennial Garden (principles and combinations), Growing Perennials (crucial tips), and the Encyclopedia, arranged alphabetically by genus with specific information for variants within the species. This book is an invaluable tool when planning a garden by providing tips on preparing the site, blooming seasons, height, and bloom variations.
Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes
by Rainer, Thomas and Claudia West
A must for any gardener, this resource reviews the natural archetypes which can be mirrored in gardens by using aesthetically pleasing design principles. Using natural habitats, this book reviews plant choices and how to manage a plant community, even in your own backyard!
DEVOTION: Diary of an Appalachian Garden
by Durham, Mignon
Blog about building her garden WEBSITE: https://mignondurham.com/?page_id=12.





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