Event Cancellations Due to Coronavirus

Several upcoming events have been canceled or postponed due to concerns about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Events listed on this page may be outdated, so please visit the event website or contact the event organizer for the latest information.
Event organizers can contact us to update their event’s information.

Looking for things to do in Hendersonville, NC? Whether you’re a local or just passing through we’ve got loads of great tips and events to help you find your perfect adventure.

Saturday, May 15, 2021
Bullington Gardens Annual Plant Sale
May 15 – May 31 all-day
online

Bullington Gardens, a horticultural education center and public botanical garden, holds its annual spring plant sale online beginning Monday, April 12. A descriptive list of offerings with photos can be viewed at www.bullingtongardens.org.
April is an ideal time to plant new shrubs and trees. Kick off your gardening season now with Bullington’s selection of ornamental landscape plants, wide variety of annuals, perennials, vegetables, shrubs and trees for sale. Low maintenance ornamental grasses have been a big hit these past few years, and gardeners can add color and texture to their plantings with red switchgrass, little bluestem, and golden sedges. May’s warmer soil temperatures mean it’s time for the more tender plants. Victory vegetable gardens were wildly popular in 2020, and this trend is expected to continue. Gardeners will find many varieties of vegetable starts to feed the body and the palette. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squashes, and more are available. Herbs, including lavenders, tarragon, rosemary, and lemongrass, are also offered.
Bullington Gardens is located at 95 Upper Red Oak Trail in Hendersonville. For more information, call Bullington Gardens at 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Free Books for Children ages 0-5
May 15 all-day
Online w/ Smart Start Partnership for Children

DPIL SIGNUP

A FREE book mailed to your child, every month!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails an age-appropriate book monthly to enrolled children ages 0-5. Do you live in Henderson County and have a child younger than 5? Register today and your child can receive a free book in the mail each month until his/her fifth birthday!

How Do I Enroll My Child?

Enrolling your child is easy! You can register your child electronically (click for online registration) or call us at 828-693-1580 and we will mail you a hard copy of the registration form to complete and return to us.

When does the first book arrive?

If you enroll your child in person, we will give your child his/her first book. If not, your child will begin receiving books through the U.S. Postal Services six-eight weeks after the registration form has been received. If you move, please contact Smart Start at 828-693-1580 to notify us of your change in address so your child can continue receiving books.

Is there ever a cost to me?

NO!  Through the generous support of the NC General Assembly and donations and grants from individuals and businesses in our community, this is a FREE program.

Annual Survey

Annually, some parents will be asked to complete a short survey. The survey will only take a few  minutes to complete. Results will be used to make sure the program is getting results for families. If asked, please consider completing the short questionnaire. Thank you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Henderson County? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions here. If you still have questions, feel free to contact Smart Start Partnership for Children using the contact information below.

Farm School: Hands-on Learning for Homeschoolers
May 15 – May 26 all-day
Historic Johnson Farm

Introducing a new program just for homeschool students! In the first in what will hopefully become a series, participants will learn all about the farm and participate in hands-on activities. The fee is $50 for the 4 week program, and ages 7-11 can participate. Wednesdays in May (May 5, 12, 19, 26) from 2-3:30 PM.

*COVID-19 precautions will be in place. Masks will be required, and temperatures will be checked.

For questions, please call 828-891-6585 or email [email protected]

Gardening in the Mountains presents: Controlling Garden Wildlife—Voles and Moles
May 15 all-day
Online w/ Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Buncombe County

Presenter: Phil Roudebush, Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteer

Learn about unwanted garden inhabitants—voles and moles—in this 30-minute video.  Phil describes the differences between these two garden pests, including their physical characteristics, habitats, and “dining” preferences.  He shares a variety of methods gardeners can use to minimize plant damage and make the landscape less hospitable to this nuisance wildlife.

Gardening Video: Gardening for All Abilities—Gardening for a Lifetime
May 15 all-day
Online w/ Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Buncombe County

Are your special needs or changing physical abilities keeping you out of the garden? Are your garden chores becoming more challenging? Do you know how to select tools and equipment that will keep you healthy and safe in the garden? In this presentation Mary Hugenschmidt and Suzanne Wodek, Master Gardener Volunteers and longtime teachers of therapeutic horticulture, will tell us about ergonomic tools, garden structures and design, and proper body mechanics to get us back in the garden and keep us gardening for life.

Organic Growers School Mentor Services
May 15 all-day
Organic Growers School

Erica was a HUGE supporter of my farm and was a major part in my expansion. Without the support and help from her, I am not sure I could have done this!

Erica Shanks

Farm Mentee, Farm Owner at Bearded Bird Farms

The purpose of the Mentor Services program is to support beginning and intermediate farmers by partnering them with experienced regional farmers who can provide them with one-on-one practical planning skills in the areas of:

  • farm design and production
  • marketing and business development
  • systems management
  • connecting them to the regional farming community

By serving as Mentors, regional farmers will be able to pass on the skills and knowledge that they possess to other farmers and help to build collaboration and community among the farming community.

 

Who is eligible to apply

We are looking for farmers who have been farming at least 1 year and/or have worked as a farm manager.

Preference is given to graduates of Farm Beginnings® (or other relevant farmer training programs) and members of CRAFT.

Each applicant will be evaluated on an individual basis. Farming partners who apply jointly will receive one mentor.

We are also offering a limited number of mentorships focused on forest farming, in partnership with Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition. These will be offered as free or reduced fee mentorships. If you are interested, you can indicate that on your application.

Learn more about Forest Farming from ABFFC.

Organic Growers School Mentor Services
May 15 all-day
Organic Growers School

Mentor Services

Our Mentor Services help support beginning and intermediate farmers by pairing them with experienced, regional farmers who can provide them with one-on-one practical planning skills.
These skills include systems management, marketing and business development, farm design and production, and connecting to the regional farming community
Sustainability Consulting w/ Organic Growers School
May 15 all-day
Organic Growers School

Need help with your farm, garden, or homestead?

Contact us for a free 20 minute call helping you to identify your needs and goals and assess which service might be right for you. We offer a wide variety of consulting services—with hourly follow-up support and reduced fees available—including:

  • Assessment of land that you own or want to purchase.
  • Sustainability systems on your farm, garden, or homestead.
  • Guidance for your land-based project.

How the process works:

Step 1: We talk on the phone to identify your goals and needs.
Step 2: We select a service and price that best meets your needs.
Step 3: We set up a time for an in-person site visit or video call
Step 4: We coach you through a self-assessment process.
Step 5: We have our virtual or in-person site visit.
Step 6: We invoice you.
Step 7: We follow up with you with next steps, referrals, report, etc.

Projects Suitable for Consulting

Site Assessment, Earthworks, Water Catchment, Renewable energy, Garden Design &Installation, Orchards, Food Self Reliance, Soil Testing, Animal Systems, Ponds, Greenhouse, Barn & Shed Construction, Sustainable Forestry, Hardscaping, Landscaping, Mapping Your Land, Conservation, Composting, Pasture Management, Companion Planting, Organic Weed, Pest, & Disease Management, Food Storage & Preservation, Herb Gardens, Beekeeping, Wild Plant ID, Farm Planning, Land Design.

Need help with your farm, garden or land?
We offer a wide variety of consulting services—with hourly follow-up support and reduced fees available.
Contact us for a free 20 minute call helping you to identify your needs and goals and assess which service might be right for you.
This Divided Land Documentary: Local History of Racial Discrimination + Housing
May 15 all-day
Online w/ Habitat for Humanity

This Divided Land is a video produced by our friends at Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity (AAHH). They discovered a racial covenant in the deed of an AAHH property, and documented how they took steps to address it, with assistance from Pisgah Legal staff attorney, Parker Smith. Here’s how AAHH describes the video: The home is the primary way Americans build wealth, but laws and systems have kept people of color- especially Black Americans- from accessing homeownership. Nationally and here in Asheville, white homeownership rates are significantly higher than people of color, and the racial wealth gap is as wide as it was in 1968 when the Fair Housing Act was passed.

After discovering a racial covenant in a deed of a South Asheville property AAHH developed for affordable housing, they decided to delve deeper and learn more about the history of discriminatory housing practices, how they shaped our city, and how practices like these contributed to current day racial disparities. The result is this 18 minute film, This Divided Landfeaturing local partners including Pisgah Legal Services.

Teacher Professional Development: More than Math
May 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum

Free; application required
Small-group/in-person workshops
More Than Math is a professional-development program that integrates visual art into the mathematics curriculum for 3rd through 8th grades utilizing artworks from the Museum’s Collection. Our professional-development opportunities include curriculum-based and exhibition-inspired workshops led by Museum educators and/or special guests that provide teachers with tools to facilitate object-based learning. These workshops are interactive, hands-on, and incorporate art-making. Grades 3–8 math teachers are invited to apply to participate in this professional-development workshop. More info and apply at ashevilleart.org/events.

Grandfather Mountain Landscape Potential: Introduction to Design
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain

Consider the performance of your home landscape. Would you describe it as a fit, functional work of art that reflects your lifestyle and encourages outdoor activity? If not, join landscape architect, Preston Montague, for a design workshop that will help you make informed and confident decisions about issues facing you in the landscape.

Preston will present tenets of landscape design he’s learned as a professional landscape architect as well as his approach to solving a range of problems that include drainage, planting, and overall aesthetics. Participants are encouraged to bring some of their most pressing landscape challenges and/or aspirations to the workshop for Preston to go through and provide ideas. Participants will leave having learned a professional’s design process, some solutions to their aesthetic goals or challenges, and exposure to issues facing other participants that might help others solve similar problems.

Participants are asked to bring 8.5”x11” color photos of the area(s) they need help with. Three photos from three different angles of the project area are encouraged. Maximum 2 project areas per participant. All participants will have at least one of their project areas used during class.

Preston Montague is an artist, educator, and landscape architect who developed a passion for the natural world while growing up in the rural foothills of Virginia. He works in Durham, focusing on projects that spark curiosity about nature and encourage stronger relationships between people and their environment. Montague’s latest body of work, Codex Carolinum, is a series of didactic botanical illustrations using art and storytelling to foster natural science literacy, which can be viewed on this website: www.prestonmontague.com

Introduction to Landscape Design
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain

Consider the performance of your home landscape. Would you describe it as a fit, functional work of art that reflects your lifestyle and encourages outdoor activity? If not, join landscape architect, Preston Montague, for a design workshop that will help you make informed and confident decisions about issues facing you in the landscape.

Preston will present tenets of landscape design he’s learned as a professional landscape architect as well as his approach to solving a range of problems that include drainage, planting, and overall aesthetics. Participants are encouraged to bring some of their most pressing landscape challenges and/or aspirations to the workshop for Preston to go through and provide ideas. Participants will leave having learned a professional’s design process, some solutions to their aesthetic goals or challenges, and exposure to issues facing other participants that might help others solve similar problems.

Participants are asked to bring 8.5”x11” color photos of the area(s) they need help with. Three photos from three different angles of the project area are encouraged. Maximum 2 project areas per participant. All participants will have at least one of their project areas used during class.

Preston Montague is an artist, educator, and landscape architect who developed a passion for the natural world while growing up in the rural foothills of Virginia. He works in Durham, focusing on projects that spark curiosity about nature and encourage stronger relationships between people and their environment. Montague’s latest body of work, Codex Carolinum, is a series of didactic botanical illustrations using art and storytelling to foster natural science literacy, which can be viewed on this website: www.prestonmontague.com

Adult Field Courses

Welcome to Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation’s (GMSF) Field Courses! We are excited to share the unique wonders of the mountain with you. Since 2008, GMSF has aimed at creating educational programming that deepens understanding through in-depth study and field research. Our goal is to provide you with a rich experience in a particular field of study, and to also provide a safe and memorable trip to Grandfather Mountain.

Please call us at (828) 737-0833 or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

The series runs from May through October, with topics including bird ecology and behavior, ecology, photography, painting, climate change and stargazing. Cost is $60 per person (or $25 for members of Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club program), with registration required in advance. To learn more or become a member, click here.

Online registration opens April 15, limited to 10 people.

NOTE: Bridge Club members must present valid Bridge Club ID upon arrival, or they will have to pay the full price.

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Pollinator Garden Tours and Educational Kiosk
May 15 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
River Arts District

RADTIP GRAND OPENING IN THE RIVER ARTS DISTRICT

Wilma Dykeman Greenway skaters and bicyclists

Sponsored by Asheville Greenworks’ Bee City USA Asheville

Help celebrate the one year birthday of the RAD POLLINATOR HABITAT, the first of 7 pollinator habitats along the French Broad Greenway. Asheville GreenWorks’ Bee City USA Asheville Leadership Committee has been creating and maintaining the garden since spring 2020. Committee members will be there to share information about our amazing pollinators, why they need our help, the importance of establishing pollinator habitats for their protection, and show off the Habitat. They’ll have a Kid’s Table for a pollinator activity and lots of good stuff to send home with folks. They may have an appearance of one of Asheville’s Street Creature Puppets as well!

Guided Trail Walk
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
NC Arboretum

Hit the trails and learn more about the Arboretum’s botanically diverse forest with the return of guided trail walks in 2021! In response to COVID-19, new safety measures have been put in place to protect our guests, members, volunteers and staff: Walks will be limited to 10 people, including the guide, and all participants will be required to wear face coverings for the duration of the walk.

This free hiking program is led by trained volunteer guides who take small groups of participants along woodland trails and through a variety of forest types. Depending on the season, topics of discussion may include wildflowers, plant and tree identification, natural history and more.

Guided trail walks depart from the Baker Exhibit Center Lobby every Tuesday and Saturday at 1 p.m. through the month of October. Walks last 1.5- 2.5 hours and are approximately one to two miles in length, and as such are recommended for guests 14 years or older. Walks are held rain or shine, so all participants should dress appropriately for the weather.

Register In Advance

Space is limited and advance registration is encouraged. Pre-registered participants must check in at the Baker Information Desk no later than 10 minutes before the scheduled program to keep their spot. Unclaimed spots will be offered to other guests.

Guests may sign up for trail walks in the following ways:

  • Pre-register online
  • Sign up in-person at the Baker Information Desk.
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Free Books for Children ages 0-5
May 16 all-day
Online w/ Smart Start Partnership for Children

DPIL SIGNUP

A FREE book mailed to your child, every month!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails an age-appropriate book monthly to enrolled children ages 0-5. Do you live in Henderson County and have a child younger than 5? Register today and your child can receive a free book in the mail each month until his/her fifth birthday!

How Do I Enroll My Child?

Enrolling your child is easy! You can register your child electronically (click for online registration) or call us at 828-693-1580 and we will mail you a hard copy of the registration form to complete and return to us.

When does the first book arrive?

If you enroll your child in person, we will give your child his/her first book. If not, your child will begin receiving books through the U.S. Postal Services six-eight weeks after the registration form has been received. If you move, please contact Smart Start at 828-693-1580 to notify us of your change in address so your child can continue receiving books.

Is there ever a cost to me?

NO!  Through the generous support of the NC General Assembly and donations and grants from individuals and businesses in our community, this is a FREE program.

Annual Survey

Annually, some parents will be asked to complete a short survey. The survey will only take a few  minutes to complete. Results will be used to make sure the program is getting results for families. If asked, please consider completing the short questionnaire. Thank you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Henderson County? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions here. If you still have questions, feel free to contact Smart Start Partnership for Children using the contact information below.

Driving Tour with Smith-McDowell House
May 16 all-day
Online w/ Western North Carolina Historical Association
The residents of the Smith-McDowell House and grounds were woven in to the fabric of Asheville.

This driving tour begins at the Smith-McDowell House Museum on the campus of A-B Tech and continues through historic sites related to early occupants of the house.

Gardening in the Mountains presents: Controlling Garden Wildlife—Voles and Moles
May 16 all-day
Online w/ Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Buncombe County

Presenter: Phil Roudebush, Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteer

Learn about unwanted garden inhabitants—voles and moles—in this 30-minute video.  Phil describes the differences between these two garden pests, including their physical characteristics, habitats, and “dining” preferences.  He shares a variety of methods gardeners can use to minimize plant damage and make the landscape less hospitable to this nuisance wildlife.

Hillbillyland: Myth + Reality of Appalachian Culture
May 16 all-day
Online w/ Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA)
Organic Growers School Mentor Services
May 16 all-day
Organic Growers School

Erica was a HUGE supporter of my farm and was a major part in my expansion. Without the support and help from her, I am not sure I could have done this!

Erica Shanks

Farm Mentee, Farm Owner at Bearded Bird Farms

The purpose of the Mentor Services program is to support beginning and intermediate farmers by partnering them with experienced regional farmers who can provide them with one-on-one practical planning skills in the areas of:

  • farm design and production
  • marketing and business development
  • systems management
  • connecting them to the regional farming community

By serving as Mentors, regional farmers will be able to pass on the skills and knowledge that they possess to other farmers and help to build collaboration and community among the farming community.

 

Who is eligible to apply

We are looking for farmers who have been farming at least 1 year and/or have worked as a farm manager.

Preference is given to graduates of Farm Beginnings® (or other relevant farmer training programs) and members of CRAFT.

Each applicant will be evaluated on an individual basis. Farming partners who apply jointly will receive one mentor.

We are also offering a limited number of mentorships focused on forest farming, in partnership with Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition. These will be offered as free or reduced fee mentorships. If you are interested, you can indicate that on your application.

Learn more about Forest Farming from ABFFC.

Organic Growers School Mentor Services
May 16 all-day
Organic Growers School

Mentor Services

Our Mentor Services help support beginning and intermediate farmers by pairing them with experienced, regional farmers who can provide them with one-on-one practical planning skills.
These skills include systems management, marketing and business development, farm design and production, and connecting to the regional farming community