Evening in the Gardens with Artists

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Aug. 8, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 11, 2013

The Daniel Boone Native Gardens invites High Country residents to an enchanting evening of sampling fine art, food and music, while supporting a community mainstay that celebrates the diverse flora of the area and the tradition of the Appalachian Mountains.

Titled “Evening in the Gardens with Artists,” the annual gala is the primary fundraiser for the gardens, which are celebrating their 50th anniversary, according to event chairwoman Dianne Dougherty.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, guests are invited to mingle with visual artists with an array of media at the gardens, while treating their palates to culinary works of art from Earth Fare and the Blowing Rock Garden Club.

“Some of the artists will be drawing or painting, and they will bring some of their nature-inspired work,” Dougherty said. “They will be available to talk to those attending about their work.”
A cash wine bar will also be opened to guests 21 and older. Formal wear is not required.

The event is “a way to raise money for the gardens and informing people of what is offered,” Dougherty said.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by visiting http://www.danielboonenativegardens.org.
While the event is family-friendly, Dougherty and organizers ask that attendees refrain from bringing their pets.

Aside from the artistic talents on display for the gala, Dougherty encourages visitors to inhale the natural beauty of the gardens.

“We want people to have a good time because it’s a lovely evening,” Dougherty said. “My personal philosophy is that the gardens are an essential spirit. Not just in sight in terms of looking at the plants and flowers, but also seeing and tasting. All of the senses are heightened at the same time while in the gardens.”

Informal tours of the gardens, including a tour of a rustic cabin from the era when explorer Daniel Boone visited the area, will also be held, Dougherty said. “The gardens represent all kinds of plants native to North Carolina,” she said.

Daniel Boone Native Gardens is located at 651 Horn in the West Drive. For more information, call (828) 264-6390.

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