Seed Money Grants Awarded



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.


WAGS 2013 in Pictures

The weather was perfect. The gardens were awesome.100_8139 The turnout was very robust. It was a most wonderful day for a garden stroll.

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.


WAGS 2013 in Pictures

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.

Our Local Sponsors for WAGS 2013

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.




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Bionic Man Painting


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Myron L. Gottfried DDS,PLLC & Haley G. Mann DDS


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Tiger Bay Cafe



All Souls Pizza



All Souls Pizza


West Asheville Library


Friends Of The West Asheville Library





Universal Joint


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Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism


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Oyster House Brewing Company






Urban Orchard Cider Co.


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Dr. Dave’s Automotive


Hop BC


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West End Bakery & Cafe





Wholesale Glass & Mirror



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Groce Funeral Home




Sunny Point Cafe





The Walk





West Asheville Business Association
A Friend of the Stroll
Ananda West
B&B Pharmacy
Battlecat Coffee Shop
Full Sun Farm
Harvest Records
Higgins Horticultural Services
Hot Stuff Tattoo
Littlest Birds
Lucky Otter
Michelle Marshall, Shaklee Distributor
Mimi Strang Design
Patton Ave Pet Co.
Phil Davis Dentistry
Second Gear
Short Street Cakes
The Garden Bloggers Fling
Twice Round
Waking Life Espresso
Westville Pub









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.

In The Hands Of A Gardener

100_7096Come 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.


5 Weeks Away!

2013 peach petal ladyThe 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).

2013 Stroll

il_570xN_353257231_3mm3Hello gardeners!

The stroll website has a fresh new image for our 5th year. Look around to get a feel for who we are.

We are currently in the dreamy winter stage of planning, but sometime in May we will start yawning and stretching and looking around for people to help us make the 2013 stroll a reality, holy cow!

Contact us if you’d like to get involved.

2012 Stroll!

The 2012 Stroll is here!
Kick-off 10:30 am at Hall Fletcher School, 60 Ridgelawn Rd.
(maps available there until 4:00)
See you in the gardens!
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We can do these events because of the kind support from many West Asheville businesses, a small platoon of willing and capable volunteers and most importantly because of the generous spirits of your neighbors, happy gardeners in West Asheville willing to share their gardens with others.  Thank you!

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