It was a perfect day for a garden stroll. Click here to view a photo album of this year’s stroll where you can view it as a slide show, or use the arrow buttons to go at your own pace.
A big THANK YOU to all of these businesses for being a sponsor of the Garden Stroll. We couldn’t do it without their assistance. Not only do they enable us to put on the stroll, but they also allow us to give Seed Money Grants to the community!
Asheville School of Massage & Yoga
Battlecat Coffee Shop
Bear Creek Apartments
City Real Estate
Emerald Mountain Greenhouses and Gardens
Hops & Vines
Hot Stuff Tattoo
Jesse Israel & Sons Garden Center
King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffle
Patton Avenue Pet Company
Shaklee Independent Distributor
Silver’s Auto Service Inc.
Twice Round Vintage
Waking Life Espresso
West End Bakery & Cafe
Zentangle Relax & Restore
Please join us at the Sixth Annual West Asheville Garden Stroll, Saturday, September 13, 2014. This year’s theme “Celebrating Pollinators”, will be highlighted during family friendly kickoff ceremonies at Francine Delany School, 119 Brevard Road in West Asheville. Asheville-based Bee City USA will provide an educational exhibit on creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, and home made bee homes for non-hiving bees will be on exhibit. We will be showcasing our 2014 Seed Money Grant recipients with a photo display of the progress on their projects.
The kickoff festivities will start at 10:30 am, and the gardens will be open from 11:00 – 4:00, rain or shine.
The 2014 Stroll includes approximately 12 gardens in West Asheville, with this year’s gardens centered along Brevard Road and surrounding neighborhoods. Garden features along the way will include set-ups for chickens and bees, heirloom vegetables, a pollinator corridor, a monarch way station, experimental blight resistant chestnuts, and garden art.
In keeping with this year’s theme, if you want to attract pollinators to your garden, download Plant a Pollinator Friendly Garden (MS Word format) for a list of common plants that support pollinators.
The West Asheville Garden Stroll is a non-profit endeavor led by a group of passionate gardeners. It is FREE and open to the public.
The WAGS Planning Team is pleased announce its first annual Community Gardening Seed Money Grants. Funding for the grants, totaling $1,100, was made possible by sponsors of the 2013 West Asheville Garden Stroll. The grants will support school garden projects at Vance Elementary, Hall Fletcher Elementary, and Francine Delany New School for Children, and landscaping projects at the Asheville City Schools Preschool and Sunny Point Café. Photos will be on display at the 2014 West Asheville Garden Stroll, September 13.
· Vance Elementary has a well-established Peace Garden that functions as an outdoor learning laboratory, educating the whole child and community through hands-on learning and promoting environmental stewardship, character development, and healthy lifestyles. The WAGS grant will support the planting of edibles in new areas of the school campus, starting with blueberry bushes along the sidewalk on Sulphur Springs Road.
· Hall Fletcher Elementary, along with A-B Tech and community volunteers, offers a unique project called Common Ground that combines English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction, childcare, and gardening. The WAGS grant will support Common Ground’s work to improve the school garden, including construction of a clay oven which will enrich both the school’s gardening program and the ESL program.
· Francine Delany New School for Children is cultivating habitat for pollinators and initiating a “pollinator corridor” that will stretch half a mile from the school to West Asheville Park. The WAGS grant will support a micro-nursery to grow pollinator-friendly plants for planting on school property and along the corridor. The project involves students, faculty, local residents, and community organizations.
· Asheville City Schools Preschool seeks to landscape its front lawn, with the goal of creating an outdoor space that is beautiful, useful, inviting, and sustainable. The school will get help from two local businesses – Flora and Villagers – as well as parents, a mural artist, and the Asheville School’s service learning program. The WAGS grant will support soil amendments, plants, and gardening supplies.
· Sunny Point Café is known and loved for its gardens as well as its food. The café seeks to reestablish a flower garden in a strip between the sidewalk and State Street that the city recently dug up to repair a water line. The WAGS grant will help Sunny Point to beautify this small but high-traffic, high-visibility area.
The West Asheville Garden Stroll (WAGS) Planning Team (a loose aggregation of your friends and neighbors) wants to encourage edible landscaping and beautification of community spaces, such as boulevard strips, islands, storefronts and schools in West Asheville.
Dream up a project. It must be community oriented (not for individual home beautification), visible from the street and within the area bounded by Patton Ave/Smokey Park Highway, I-40 and the French Broad River.
WAGS is providing up to 7 small grants of $100-250 of seed money to ordinary citizens, community groups, neighbor collaborations, schools, businesses and youth groups to get their projects started.
HERE’S HOW TO APPLY
Describe your project, the location, the estimated cost and how it builds community around gardening in West Asheville. Descriptions should be no more than one page, shorter is fine.
Include the name, phone number and email address of the main contact person and list the people who will be involved.
Email the application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLICATION DEADLINE – JANUARY 31ST 2014
We will notify applicants who have been awarded seed money grants by February 28th 2014.
A PROGRESS REPORT will be due to the WAGS planning team (with photos) by August 15th for review and for display at the next West Asheville Garden Stroll on September 13th, 2014. A final report is due on completion of your project.
Grantees must be willing to allow use of photos and project descriptions in WAGS publicity materials.
A big thank you goes out to the gardeners who opened their gardens to the public, our sponsors whose generous support helps keep this event free, the community of West Asheville for participating in ways large and small and to all the gardeners every where who make the world a more beautiful place.
Click on the link above and it will take you to a photo album of this year’s stroll. Once there you may choose the slide show option or click on a picture and use the next button to go at your own pace. Enjoy.
The generous support of our local sponsors helps keep the annual West Asheville Garden Stroll a free event. Please be sure to thank them for supporting WAGS and the community when you patronize their businesses. Local and locally owned businesses keep more of your money circulating within your community. This helps build a more resilient local economy and a more vibrant community.
West Asheville Business Association
A Friend of the Stroll
Battlecat Coffee Shop
Full Sun Farm
Higgins Horticultural Services
Hot Stuff Tattoo
Michelle Marshall, Shaklee Distributor
Mimi Strang Design
Patton Ave Pet Co.
Phil Davis Dentistry
Short Street Cakes
The Garden Bloggers Fling
Waking Life Espresso
On street parking is very limited near Christopher Mello’s garden at 307 Waynesville Ave for the opening ceremony.
Ample parking is available close by at:
Asheville Preschool – 441 Haywood Rd
Crossfit – 438 Haywood Rd
And do not block the gate to the supply yard at Builders Supply (hint hint) on Haywood Rd.
Westwood Baptist Church at 150 Westwood Pl. has plenty of parking to get you closer to the gardens at the far end of the loop on this year’s stroll.
Come join us to see what the creative gardeners of West Asheville have in store to stimulate and inspire your own garden endeavors. This year’s stroll is on Saturday, September 14th, 2013 from 11 am to 4 pm. The kickoff ceremonies with tall special guests begins at 10:30 am in Christopher Mello’s garden, 307 Waynesville Ave, on the corner of Waynesville and Westwood in East-West Asheville.
Bold textures, big color and horticultural drama await.
The Stroll committee has been hard at work organizing a wonderful event for 2013. The focus area is East West Asheville again, this time in the Westwood/Waynesville neighborhood. Save the date: Saturday, September 14th, from 11 am to 4 pm. The Kick-off is at 10:30 at Christopher Mello’s Garden (corner of Westwood and Waynesville).