Weekend Travels: North Carolina Arboretum

This arboretum and botanical garden is southwest of Asheville, North Carolina, within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest. Admission is free but there is a nominal parking fee.

In retrospect, we should have gone here in the spring. It was blazing hot but the gardens were worth it. There is a large building at the entrance that houses the bathrooms and gift store. After perusing the store, we headed out to the gardens.

We ran into tons of high schoolers taking their senior pics or maybe it was for their proms? Who knows but we were unsuccessfully trying to dodge them at popular spots.

There was the Olmsted statue area, the quilt garden, the miniature town/train area, the amphitheater, the Japanese garden and a larger building with quilt exhibits and spaces for educational programming.

There was also an area back near the entrance where they were setting up for a wedding which was cool to watch.

This was a nice weekend excursion. It was a short drive and there were so many flowers to photograph so I was in my happy place.

The Miniature Town
The Ampitheater
The Japanese Garden
Wedding Set Up in the Garden

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s