The garden tour season is in full bloom the month of June and it seems every weekend offers opportunities to visit and learn in a wide variety of gardens. Whether you take in the extensive gardens of the always beautiful Biltmore Estate in any season, or visit one of Asheville’s beautiful private gardens, you will surely be inspired.
The 1889 WhiteGate Inn has been on a number of tours over the last 12 years and this year we are proud to be featured on the Master Gardener Garden Tour on June 25th. The tour will be held from 9-4, rain or shine, and features 5 private gardens, and the Malvern Hills Park, Riverlink Water Shed Project, and new native plants area. The tour will start at the Vance Elementary School Peace Garden where tour maps and information will be distributed.
This is the third Master Gardener garden tour the Buncombe County Extension Gardeners have held and we expect 400-500 people to attend. The previous tours have all sold out. Tickets in advance are $15 each. All proceeds go to fund grants for our local school system.
What makes this tour unique is the educational aspect that is emphasized in each garden. Each garden will feature at least four educational opportunities. Our Asheville Bed and Breakfast will feature rehabilitating the older garden with tasks including pruning, relocation, and removal of plant materials. Other education programs include roses in the landscape, annual and perennials, shrubs, and trees.
Ralph has been working hard to whip the garden into perfect shape by June 25th. This is not as hard as it seems because he always keeps the gardens well maintained so the guests are presented with a pleasing effect. Much of the work over the past two years has involved pruning and pulling out plant materials that have started to take over.
Ralph has finally realized that he does not have to acquire every new interesting plant that is introduced and find a place for it in the garden! He feels that the gardener who is maturing along with the garden need to cut back and achieve a happy medium between still enjoying trying new things every year and maintaining what already exists.
Frank and Ralph will enjoy taking a break from their own garden routine and will take off Father’s Day and enjoy the Asheville Greenworks annual Father’s Day Garden Tour, to be held this year in the Kenilworth neighborhood. This has been a tradition for us and this will be thirteen years in a row we have gone on this tour. In fact, the WhiteGate gardens have been featured twice on this garden tour!