Trees, Trees, and More: The NC Arboretum in Our Backyard

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What types of trees work best in the backyard landscape? What plants are most handsome in their shade? Where can we experience many varieties of trees and plants, and see how tall, or full, or graceful they become in maturity?

Those dealing with these and other landscaping questions can learn helpful hints and find inspiration at the program “Trees, Trees, and More: The NC Arboretum in Our Backyard” on Thursday, March 14 at 6:00 pm in Henderson County Library auditorium on Washington Street in downtown Hendersonville. The program, sponsored by Hendersonville Tree Board, is open to the public at no charge.

Drake Fowler, COO at the NC Arboretum and certified Landscape Architect, will provide expertise and inspiration on the subjects of trees and gardening. He will present a visual introduction to the valuable resource that the Arboretum provides to local residents. Located 18 miles from Hendersonville on NC 191 at the junction with the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Bent Creek Experimental Forest, the NC Arboretum provides programs on many aspects of gardening and landscaping, and allows visitors to wander and meander through its 434-acre-public gardens to experience the beauty and effect of a variety of native trees, plants, and shrubs.

“For those who want an armchair visit to the Arboretum, or who have questions about trees and gardening in this locale, this evening program gives that opportunity,” said Mac Brackett, chair of Hendersonville Tree Board. “Having this resource here in our backyard is a blessing for those who love trees and plants. Fowler will answer questions, share photos, and explain what the institution makes available for the home gardener.”

Hendersonville Tree Board is commissioned by the City of Hendersonville to provide advice on the selection and care of trees and shrubs in public places. The Tree Board also educates the public concerning the economic and aesthetic benefits of trees and shrubs for the community. The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Hendersonville as a Tree City USA for 25 years because of its high level of tree care. The city became a Bee City USA in 2015. And in 2018, Hendersonville was recognized by the NC Forest Service as Tree City of the Year.

To learn more about Hendersonville Tree Board and its projects, visit the webpage at