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June at Daniel Boone Native Gardens

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Article Published: Jun. 7, 2012 | Modified: Jun. 30, 2012
June at Daniel Boone Native Gardens

Activities and more are blossoming at the Daniel Boone Native Gardens this June.

Photo by Kellen Moore

Many events are free this month at the Daniel Boone Native Gardens in Boone thanks to sponsorship by the new Friends of the Gardens.

Each Saturday at 10 a.m., the master gardeners in conjunction with the Watauga office of the N.C. Cooperative Extension, will present a program for children.

First in the series is “Leaves & Roots, Seeds and Shoots,” with Carol Hancock and Jody Bargerstock helping children connect with nature. Admission is free.

After visiting the Watauga Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning, drop by the Gardens from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for free admission. The bloom schedule this month includes many mountain favorites.

On Tuesday, June 12, High Country Audubon will lead a bird walk at 8:30 a.m. Plan on hiking to the summit of Strawberry Hill Arboretum, led by Richard Gray. This event is free. Participants should meet at the entrance to the gardens. The series continues on the second Tuesday of each month through October. The gardens are now an eBird Hot Spot.

Local artists from the High Country Watermedia Society will be painting throughout the gardens on the first and third Tuesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. There’s no admission for artists, and beginners are welcome to bring a sketchbook.

Yoga on Saturday mornings will be presented by the local Karma Krew.

Fridays are “Free Fridays for Seniors.” Admission is waived every Friday this month for those 55 and older.

A “Lunch & Learn” with Marilyn Wright, president of the Blue Ridge Garden Club takes place June 14 at noon. Participants can bring lunch and enjoy a program on “Gardens of the Pioneers.” The historic Squire Boone Cabin will be open. This event is free.

On June 17, Father’s Day, visitors are invited to “Bring Dad to the Gardens.”

The Daniel Boone Native Gardens opened in 1963 and are sponsored by the Garden Club of North Carolina. The gardens are located at 651 Horn in the West Drive in Boone, next to “Horn in the West”outdoor drama and the Watauga County Farmers’ Market.

The Daniel Boone Native Gardens are open daily, May through October. Admission is $2 per adult donation. For more information, including tours, weddings, educational opportunities and how to join Friends of the Gardens, visit or call (828) 264-6390.

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