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The Botanical Gardens at Asheville is a good source for information on native plants and the natural world in which we live.  Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers are eager to share their experience.  In addition our library is open to the public.  Also, excellent reference books are available for sale in our Garden Path Gift Shop

Is there an entry fee to the Botanical Gardens?

There is no charge for admission or parking at BGA, but donations are appreciated and memberships are encouraged.

May I walk my dog in the Gardens?

Due to the sensitive nature of our collection, we cannot allow pets in the Gardens.  [more information]

 When are the Gardens open?

The Gardens are open dawn to dusk every day of the year, weather permitting.

Where do you get your picnic tables? 

We get them from a company called "2X4 basics" http://www.2x4basics.com/

What causes the leaves to change color?  Does temperature have any effect on the color season?  When can we expect the best color display?

Fall color change is triggered by shortening day length. Trees detect the lengthening hours of darkness and release plant growth regulators to initiate leaf abscission. This happens at exactly the same time each year. [more information]

My hemlocks are covered with white Q-Tip like clusters.  What is it? Is this dangerous to the trees? What should I do?

White cottony sacs at the base of the needles are good evidence of a hemlock woolly adelgid infestation.  These sacs do resemble the tips of cotton swabs.  The sacs are present throughout the year, but are most prominent in early spring. [more information]

The most effective treatment for the hemlock woolly adelgid is to spray the affected trees by a skilled arborist.

Each year toward the end of summer I notice brown leaves on trees along roads and highways throughout Western North Carolina. Is this caused by pollution or car exhaust or some chemical sprayed along the right-of-way, or is it just early fall coloration?

The brown coloration you are observing is not caused by chemicals or pollution, nor is it a case of early fall coloration. What you are seeing is the damage caused by a tiny insect, the Locust Leaf Miner, which inhabits the leaves of Black Locust Trees (Robinia pseudo-acacia) in our area.  [more information]

What is a Native Plant?  Why should I grow them in my garden?  Where can I buy them?

Native plants have many inherent qualities and adaptive traits that make them aesthetically pleasing, practical, and ecologically valuable for landscaping. They contribute to the health, and even the restoration, of an ecosystem by placing fewer demands on resources. [more information]

What are Invasives and why are they considered to be a problem?

Invasives are plants not native to the Southeastern United States.  Many of these invaders out compete and gradually displace our native plants.  This affects native wildlife and the overall health and stability of our environment.  [more information]