The Botanical Gardens at Asheville to Celebrate 50th Anniversary in 2010

For immediate release: November 19, 2009

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Next year marks the 50th anniversary for The Botanical Gardens at Asheville (BGA), a 10-acre native plant preserve dedicated to the study and promotion of the native plants and habitats of the Southern Appalachians.

“Some of the planned events are to thank our members for their unflinching support over the years,” said Jay Kranyik, Garden Manager. “Others will be an opportunity to introduce ourselves and our unique mission to new people. All of the events will give people the chance to reconnect with a sense of our true natural history.”

The Gardens will celebrate the 2010 anniversary with a year-long roster of special events, including the following (details to be announced in subsequent press releases):

  • January 2010: The debut of Labor of Love … the First Fifty Years, a book detailing the history of the BGA. Copies will be on sale in our Visitor’s Center.

  • Cultivating a Sense of Place; Naturalist Walks at the BGA,” a series of special walks in the Gardens ranging in topic from “Winter Tree ID” to “Native Herbs & Medicinals” to “Migrating Birds.” 

  • April 18, 2010, 2—5 p.m.: BGA’s Garden Party & Fundraiser to celebrate our 50th anniversary. A tented birthday party in the Gardens’ Sunshine Meadow with music, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Free to BGA members, $10 non-members.

  • June 2010, details TBA: “Tea with artist Ann Vasilik.”

  • October 23, 2010, 6:30—8 p.m.: The BGA welcomes Dr. Douglas Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home: How you can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants” for a speaker event and book-signing reception. Router Center on campus of UNCA.

  • On-going BGA-related trivia contest throughout 2010 with prizes.

The BGA is a non-profit organization administered by a Board of Directors. Although the Garden is located on UNCA property, the organization receives no regular outside funding and is financially supported by faithful members, donations, facility rentals, and long-established endowments. 

The Gardens began in 1960 by a group of local citizens concerned about the loss of biodiversity and the dwindling number of native plant habitats. Today we feature more than 600 native plant species and serve as an important urban habitat for wildlife. Few cities have a native plant preserve, free to the public, so close to their downtown. 

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