Organic Growers School Spring Conference
March 7-8, 2015
This one-of-a-kind event at UNC-Asheville that brings people of all walks of life together for a weekend of learning and networking. Pick from 70 classes and hands on workshops on a variety of topics, from starting your first vegetable garden, baking bread, and saving on home energy costs, to raising your own goat herd. Get down-to-earth, practical advice on growing and sustainable living, while remaining affordable and accessible to anyone wanting to participate. Go to their web site.
Bear Crawl 5K
March 14, 2015: Challenging mud-filled 5K course in Marion. Starts at 9 AM with 10 mind-bending, muscle-wrenching obstacles including a canoe pull, bucket carry, bear bog and bear roast! The benefit race is open to all ages and skill levels. Go to their Web site.
March 28-29, 2015
Visitors to the N.C. Arboretum will step into a lush, tropical world at the Western North Carolina Orchid Society’s Annual Show from 10 AM until 5 PM each day.
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Thousands of orchids fill the Education Center of the Arboretum in this show, which is one of the largest in the southeast. This year’s theme, “The Lost World of Orchids,” will be an adventure of the imagination. World-class orchid growers from around the country and regional orchid societies will fill the exhibition hall with dazzling color, exotic scents, and hints of an ancient world in carefully crafted displays.
Vendors will offer orchid supplies and plants for purchase, including the rare and hard-to-find. WNC Orchid Society members will be available to answer questions and provide orchid-growing advice. Visitors will also have the opportunity to attend a number of educational programs given by professional orchid growers and hybridizers. Cynthia Gillooly of B.B. Barns, The Garden Company, will offer growing tips and repotting techniques. Hadley Cash of Marriott Orchids will discuss the latest in new available hybrids, and guests will have the opportunity to tour stunning orchid exhibits with Tom Nasser of Carolina Orchids, who will share his in-depth knowledge of the orchids on display.
Shows and events are free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee ($12 per personal motor vehicle). Visitors are also encouraged to explore the Arboretum’s kaleidoscope of spring color, 65 acres of cultivated gardens, ten miles of hiking and biking trails, and engaging exhibits.
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