We’ve hung our floppy sun hats back on their racks after another successful garden tour through nine breathtaking private gardens in the Kenilworth neighborhood. The day started with an unexpected hello from a frequent guest of the area, a small black bear wandering down Kenilworth Road. She may have caught wind of the wild berries and edibles being grown in Kenilworth gardens. She decided not to join us however as we welcomed the first day of summer along with 325 two-legged garden-tour goers!
Here are a few of the highlights:
There was a wonderful Lunch & Learn session with our friends at Bee City USA featuring freshly prepared lunches from Green Opportunities. Other strollers simply grabbed a boxed lunch and continued on their journey, finding a space in the shade outside the Kenilworth Church to relax. The church also featured their garden, which supports a unique farm-to-pantry program in conjunction with Loving Food Resources serving HIV/AIDS patients and clients in home hospice care in all 18 Western North Carolina counties. The Garden Tour overall directly supports our educational programs here at Asheville Greenworks, like our collaborative work with the Asheville Housing Authority, Asheville Parks and Recreation, Green Opportunities, and the residents of Hillcrest Apartments to create an edible orchard. Learn more about that project in this month's Laurel of Asheville.
All in all, the gross proceeds from the Garden Tour totaled $12,170! And it’s hard to put a price on the value of the countless hours of volunteer labor contributed to planning, preparing and executing the event.