Our Western North Carolina landscape governs much of our area’s unique culture. We have a love for the outdoors, and the mountains inspire us every day. Those that visit are most likely looking to be immersed in nature. If that’s you, you came to the right place! The Asheville Botanical Gardens is one of our favorite places to enjoy the great outdoors. Here, you’ll find 10 acres of beautiful vegetation made up of more than 600 species of plants.
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About the Asheville Botanical Gardens
The Asheville Botanical Gardens were planted for the study of plants native to the Southern Appalachians. Scientists study the plants and their habitats, but these gardens are open daily for the public to explore. You can visit the gardens every day during daylight hours with no admission charge, however, donations are accepted and encouraged. If you would like the full experience, we recommend visiting during March through December when the gift shop is open!
What You’ll Find at the Asheville Botanical Gardens
Exploring the Asheville Botanical Gardens is enchanting. There are over 600 species of plants here, each intricately placed. One of our favorite parts about these gardens is that even though they are tended to, the plants are still left to grow freely. You truly get to see the beauty of nature here!
As you walk through the trails you will be surrounded by beautiful rock walls holding back the greenery. You will come across historic cabins and bubbling streams. Depending on what time of year you go, you will see different plants in bloom. Many light up your walk with brilliant colors that stand out against the green leaves. If you visit in the fall, you will see the fiery shades of red and yellow of the trees as their leaves change.
Events and Classes at the Asheville Botanical Gardens
The Asheville Botanical Gardens host many events and classes that are open to the public. One of the most popular events is the seasonal plant sale they hold in the spring and fall. At these sales, the Botanical Gardens and outside plant vendors sell a variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers to raise money for their cause. The only money they receive is through donations, memberships, and these events.
The Asheville Botanical Gardens also offers classes to inform the public about the indigenous plants. Botanists and gardeners hold classes that are sure to deepen your relationship and understanding of plants. Local tip: If you are interested in one of these classes, make sure you sign up as soon as possible. They fill up fast!
Book Your Mountain Getaway Today
If you’re interested in the Asheville Botanical Gardens, you will love staying at Orchard Inn. Our inn is perched on top of a mountain, so you’ll have gorgeous views from nearly every window. We even have a walking trail on our property so you can truly be immersed in nature. Browse our accommodations to pick your favorite, then book your stay! We can’t wait to host you at our mountaintop retreat.