Early Bird Wildflower Walk and Plant Sale April 24
Daniel Boone Native Gardens (DNBG) will hold its third annual Early Bird Wildflower Walk & Plant Sale on Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, a chance for gardeners to see rare native wildflowers in bloom and to purchase mountain grown landscape plants and vegetable starts.
The gardens' regular season begins May 1 and ends Oct. 31, open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission is free on April 24 to the three-acre grounds in central Boone, with a portion of all plant sales benefiting the Daniel Boone Native Gardens. Breakfast snacks and coffee will be available.
"The sale this year is a perfect opportunity for gardeners to re-stock and repair damage from the heavy winter storms," said Kit Olson Fisher, chair of the DBNG board of governors.
"Some of the top nursery growers in the region will be on hand with native rhododendrons and azaleas, including flame azaleas, as well as ferns, wildflowers and herbs. These are top quality plants that will add beauty for years to come."
The annual event began as a way for visitors to see the earliest spring wildflowers - called ephemerals for their short blooming period - in the week before regular operations begin.
The gardens are made up of various landscaped "rooms," including a rock garden, fern garden, bog garden and meditation retreat. Children can enjoy peeking in the antique Squire Boone Cabin on the grounds, or making a wish in the old stone wishing well.
Depending on weather conditions, visitors at the Wildflower Walk may see redbud and native crabapple, dogwood and service berry, and trout lily, bloodroot, goldenseal, ramps, little brown jug, wood anemones and various trilliums. This year marks the beginning of a streambed restoration project in the fern garden. Guided group tours are available during the regular season.
Daniel Boone Native Gardens are located at 651 Horn in the West Drive, one block from U.S. 321 and the Appalachian State University campus.
For more information, see http://www.danielboonegardens.org or call 828-264-6390.