ANNUAL FALL PLANT AND RUMMAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 12, rain or shine, Botanical Gardens at Asheville, 151 W.T. Weaver Boulevard. Native plants, shrubs and trees from the gardens and from over a dozen regional nurseries and local garden clubs. Free admission and parking.
WEST ASHEVILLE GARDEN STROLL: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 12, rain or shine, opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at the West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road. Visit 18 gardens, all walkable, on the theme “Cycles”; guides available at the library all day. Free and open to the public. Details soon at www.westashevillegardens.com.
CAROLINAS DAHLIA SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW: 1-5 p.m. Sept. 12 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 13, NC Arboretum, 100 Frederick Olmsted Law Way, Asheville. More than 800 blooms to be shown, plus classes, flowers for sale. Free admission with paid Arboretum parking. Visit www.carolinasdahliasociety.org.
GROVE PARK/SUNSET MOUNTAIN TOUR OF HOMES: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 13. Tickets on sale Aug. 14. A fundraiser to help the neighborhood association renovate and maintain E.W. Grove Park, the Griffing Boulevard Rose Gardens and Sunset Parkway. To learn more, visit http://gpsmna.org.
BAMBOO WALKING TOURS: 1:30-3 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays through November at Haiku Bamboo Nursery/Farm, 468 Rhodes Mountain Road, Hendersonville. The next walk is Sept. 13. Learn about bamboo plants, characteristics and environment. Wear walking shoes, no sandals. Cameras permitted. Adults $25, seniors $23, ages 13-18, $15, free for younger. To arrange a tour or to learn more, call 828-685-3053. Visit www.haikubamboonursery.net.
CIDERFEST: 1-5 p.m. Nov. 7, WNC Farmers Market, 570 Brevard Road, Asheville. Tickets $30, on sale at www.ciderfestnc.com. Designated driver, $15; children free. Proceeds benefit WNC Green Building Council. Hard cider, food pairings, arts & crafts, live music, children’s activities.
WORKSHOPS & MEETINGS
MEN’S GARDEN CLUB OF ASHEVILLE: Noon, Sept. 1, First Baptist Church of Asheville dining room, 5 Oak St. Alison Arnold, agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, will present, “Do You Know Your Invasive Plants?” Arnold also spent 16 years with the NC Arboretum, where she was director of horticulture. Her presentation (at about 12:45 p.m.) is free, but lunch is $11. RSVP to Dick Powell at [email protected].
ASHEVILLE GARDEN CLUB: 9:30 a.m. Sept. 2, N. Asheville Community Center, 37 E. Larchmont Road. June Jolley of the NC Arboretum will present “An Introduction to Protocols for Long-Term Seed Saving.” Program starts at 10 a.m. To learn more, call Pat Naffin at 828-550-3459.
HYPERTUFA LEAF CASTING: 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 27, Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville. Create a natural looking hypertufa casting of a large leaf. $50, including all materials. To register, contact [email protected] or 828-698-6104.
MUSHROOM GROWING WORKSHOP: 2:30-4 p.m. Sept. 2, Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville. Make your own mushroom log and learn about cultivating mushrooms at home. $60, including all materials. To register, contact [email protected] or 828-698-6104.
FALL PLANT SALE: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 11 and 12. Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville. Seasonal perennials, mums, pansies, trees and shrubs and the “garden shed” with used tools, books and other garden-related items.
DAHLIA DAZE AT BULLINGTON GARDENS: Sept. 22-25 at 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville. Tours of the dahlia garden at 1 and 2 p.m. Sept. 22, 23 and 25. Demonstration of Ikebana using dahlias, 3 p.m. Sept. 24. Free, but registration is necessary to [email protected] or 828-698-6104.
WNC FARMERS MARKET
OPEN DAILY: Retail shops open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. every day, Brevard Road at Interstate 40. Fresh produce — including peaches, pears, cabbage, corn, peppers, eggplant, fall squash, sweet and white potatoes, muscadine grapes and more — as well as jams, jellies, local honey, cheese, wine and crafts. Learn more at wncfarmersmarket.org. Upcoming events include:
•Ciderfest, 1-5 p.m. Nov. 7. Tickets $30, on sale at www.ciderfestnc.com. Designated driver, $15; children free. Benefit for WNC Green Building Council. Hard cider, food pairings, arts & crafts, live music, children’s activities.
ASHEVILLE-AREA TAILGATE MARKETS
For even more markets, visit www.buyappalachian.org/search/tailgate_markets.
•Asheville City Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 161 S. Charlotte St. 10 a.m.-noon. www.asapconnections.org.
•Asheville City Market South: noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays, 2 Town Square Blvd., Biltmore Park Town Square. www.asapconnections.org.
•Black Mountain Tailgate Market: 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, behind the First Baptist Church in Black Mountain at 130 Montreat Road.
•East Asheville Tailgate Market: 3-6 p.m. Fridays, 954 Tunnel Road, Groce UMC upper parking lot.
•French Broad Food Co-op Market: 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 76 Biltmore Ave., in the parking lot next to the French Broad Food Co-op.
•Leicester Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Leicester Landing Shopping Center, 338 Leicester Road, behind Zaxby’s. www.leicesterfarmersmarket.com.
•North Asheville Tailgate Market: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. UNC Asheville Campus Commuter Lot C. Take Weaver Boulevard to campus entrance at traffic circle; first parking lot on right.
•Oakley Farmers Market: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 607 Fairview Road, behind Oakley UMC.
•River Arts District Farmers Market: 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 175 Clingman Ave., in the field next to All Souls Pizza.
•Weaverville Tailgate Market: 2:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. On the hill overlooking Lake Louise behind the Community Center on Weaverville Highway.
•West Asheville Tailgate Market: 2:30-6 p.m. Tuesdays, 718 Haywood Road.
OTHER WNC TAILGATE MARKETS
•Bakersville Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 101 Hemlock Drive, Bakersville.
•Flat Rock Tailgate Market: 3-6 p.m. Thursdays, 2720 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock.
•Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon Wednesdays & Saturdays at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre parking lot, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville.
•Henderson County Tailgate Market: 7 a.m.-noon, 100 N. King St., Hendersonville.
•Jackson County Farmers Market: 9 a.m.-noon. Saturdays, municipal parking lot next to Bridge Park, along Railroad Avenue, Sylva.
•Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, corner of Park and Physical Plant drives, Mars Hill.
•Historic Marion Tailgate Market: 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, West Henderson and Logan streets, Marion.
•Mills River Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 5046 Boylston Highway, Mills River.
•Spruce Pine Farmers Market: 2-5 p.m. Wednesdays, 297 Oak Ave., Spruce Pine.
•Transylvania Tailgate Market: 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 190 E. Main St., Brevard. VisitTransylvaniaFarmersMarket.com.
•Original Waynesville Tailgate Market: 8 a.m.-noon Wednesdays and Saturdays, 171 Legion Drive, Waynesville.
•Yancey County Farmers Market: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, South Main Street, Burnsville.
GRANT APPLICATIONS: Deadline Oct. 1 for Haywood County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association educational or research grants for 2016. Projects must be in Haywood County, and related to gardening, horticulture or the environment (not for beautification). Call 828-456-3575.
MASTER GARDENER CLASSES: Haywood County Extension is accepting applications for 2016 training sessions, one morning a week, January-April. Participants agree to volunteer at least 40 hours during the following year. Attend free info seminars at 2 p.m. Oct. 8, Waynesville Library, or 5 p.m. Oct. 14, Canton Library. To learn more, call 828-456-3575.
LEICESTER GARDEN CLUB: Meets at 1 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month at the Leicester Library. To learn more, contact Crystal Dover at 828-259-9649.
WEAVERVILLE GARDEN CLUB: Meets at 9:30 a.m. second Tuesday of every month September through June in the Community Room at the Weaverville Town Hall on Main Street. To learn more, call 828-658-1154.
GROW YOUR OWN FOOD: Hunter Community Garden on Johnson Farm Road in Haywood County has 12-by-50-foot lots and provides irrigation and many tools. $35. To learn more or sign up, contact Sarah Scott at the Haywood Extension Center, 828-456-3575.
COMPOSTING DEMONSTRATION: Learn how to compost, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, April-October, near Jesse Israel’s Garden Center, WNC Farmers Market, 570 Brevard Road. Free. Tips, instructions, Q&A, samples, demos and composters on display. Ask a Gardener information table also available for more general questions. To learn more, visitwww.buncombemastergardener.org or call 828-255-5522.
MASTER GARDENERS’ FREE ASSISTANCE: Helpline open 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays. Call 828-255-5522 or visit the Buncombe County Extension Office, 94 Coxe Ave., Asheville. Free soil sample test kits also available. For help anytime, visit www.buncombemastergardener.org, purchase “A Gardening Guide for Our Mountains,” available online or at the Extension office and subscribe to the free monthly newsletter for home lawn and garden enthusiasts — call 828-255-5522 or send an email with “Subscribe to Mountain Gardener” in subject line to [email protected].
RAIN BARRELS: Buncombe County Cooperative Extension has 80-gallon rain barrels available for $110 plus tax at 94 Coxe Ave., Asheville. Call 828-255-5522 for availability.