The Botanical Gardens at Asheville (BGA) is a 10-acre community treasure next to the University of North Carolina. The organization dedicates itself to the study and promotion of the native plants and habitats of the Southern Appalachians. The BGA is the perfect place to meditate, walk, do yoga, have a nice picnic, sit by the stream, or learn about the native plants. Check it out in the video below:
The BGA’s main mission is to help the public learn to appreciate the great botanical diversity of the western North Carolina region. In support of this mission, it offers adult education classes designed to deepen students’ relationships with the region’s flora and fauna. The BGA has hosted classes on such topics as native plant gardening, enjoying wildlife in your yard or garden, and connecting people and nature through pollinator conservation. In addition to its educational programs, the Cole Library contains more than 1,000 books related to botany, horticulture, ecology, and ornithology.
The BGA is free and open to the public from sun-up to sun-down every day of the year. While there is no admission charge to visit the botanical gardens, donations are appreciated and visitors can choose to become members. Members have access to a number of discounts on classes at the gardens, purchases at the gift shop, plant sales, and more. Outside of donations and memberships, the BGA is funded by meeting and wedding reservations fees, the occasional grant, and gift shop sales.
Cover image courtesy the Botanical Gardens at Asheville