As Asheville Folk continues to grow after its first full year (!), the blog evolves as well. It seems most fitting that my guest blog posts reflect the Asheville lifestyle as a whole. What makes the Asheville life so wonderful? Easy question. It’s a life that is well rounded. Locals love representing Asheville through coffee shops, local food, mom-n-pop stores and personalized services. The community is accepting. The outdoor adventures are endless. Asheville Folk celebrates all of this by connecting artists, entrepreneurs and dreamers; connecting us with familial gatherings and workshops.
Each month there are new ways to bring us together with Asheville Folk, including here on the blog. This is where we chat about how we enjoy holidays, picnic dinners, meandering hikes, camping, eating, drinking and growing within the community.
So, what can I say about April specifically?
Spring is unpredictable. Spring is refreshing, beautiful and... earthy? On April 22nd, you'll likely see many reminders that it's Earth Day! A day to raise awareness and give back to the environment. Major cities and companies will hold fundraisers and host volunteer opportunities. What can we do here in Asheville?
How about something as simple as gardening? It's personal to you and where you live. Self-grown herbs and veggies to feed your family, flowering plants to support important insect life, small trees to improve air quality and the beauty of your yard... the options are limitless! I'll even count a small succulent that sits on your window sill ;)
I'm slowing building up my gardening tool box but still need much more to get going. For this post, let's take a tour in Asheville of where you can get your seeds, starter plants & supplies.
Rose's Garden Shop in North Asheville
Rose has years of experience in the garden world as a garden designer and author. She opened up shop here in North Asheville off of Charlotte St in 2013. She has an expert team on hand and a gentle Australian Sheppard to greet you at the door. This shop is dedicated to providing unusual plants for the house, porch and garden.
B.B. Barns in South Asheville/Arden
B.B. Barns is a larger establishment on the list but it gives a small shop feel. I often recognize the employees working and they are all so personable. The shop expands in the warmer months, bursting with bright blooms, shrubs and small trees. They also offer landscaping services and expert resources.
Villagers in West Asheville
Where do I begin? The tiny shop is an Instagrammer's dream and the company culture is Asheville at its best. Villagers offers supplies and workshops for the sustainable lifestyle such as vegetable gardening, composting, rainwater catchment, chicken keeping, canning + preserving foods, bee keeping, herbal medicine, mushroom cultivation, home dairy and more. What a list! It's hard to meet an Ashevillian who isn't singing the praises of Natalie and her shop.
Thyme in the Garden in (extra) North Asheville
I stopped in this garden shop based on a recommendation from one of my favorite plant lovers, Sarah of Formations of Mental Objects. What a pleasant surprise! The shop is a quick 15 minutes or so from downtown. The interior is quaint with cute gifts and around back sits a greenhouse, tons of colorful pots, dreamy landscaping and, in the warmer months, chickens!
Jesse Israel and Sons in the WNC Farmer's Market
Finishing off big with family-owned Jesse Israel and Sons. This nursery has a bit of everything from veggies to flowers to trees and shrubs. I have a feeling that lots of the pros stop in here. What better time to grab some new greenery then when browsing our largest farmer's market? The staff is knowledgeable and helpful, they seem ready to help you as you roam around trying to make decisions.
My goal for the season includes sprucing up my porch with potted plants and growing herbs to cook with. Wish me luck!
Happy Earth Day, see you next month!