The Botanical Gardens at
Asheville is a good source for information on native plants
and the natural world in which we live. Our
knowledgeable staff and volunteers are eager to share their
experience. In addition our library is open to the
public. Also, excellent reference books are available
for sale in our Garden Path Gift
Is there an entry fee to the Botanical
no charge for admission or parking at BGA, but donations are
appreciated and memberships are encouraged.
walk my dog in the Gardens?
Due to the
sensitive nature of our collection, we cannot allow pets in
the Gardens. [more
When are the Gardens open?
The Gardens are open dawn to dusk every day
of the year, weather permitting.
Where do you get your picnic tables?
We get them from a company called "2X4 basics"
causes the leaves to change color? Does
any effect on the color season? When
can we expect the best color display?
Fall color change is triggered by shortening day length. Trees detect the lengthening hours of darkness and release plant growth regulators to initiate leaf abscission. This happens at exactly the same time each year.
My hemlocks are covered with white Q-Tip
like clusters. What is it? Is this dangerous to the
trees? What should I do?
White cottony sacs at the base of the
needles are good evidence of a hemlock woolly adelgid
infestation. These sacs do resemble the tips of cotton
swabs. The sacs are present throughout the year, but
are most prominent in early spring. [more
The most effective treatment for the hemlock
woolly adelgid is to spray the affected trees by a skilled
Each year toward the end of summer I notice brown leaves on trees along roads and highways throughout Western North Carolina. Is this caused by pollution or car exhaust or some chemical sprayed along the right-of-way, or is it just early fall coloration?
The brown coloration you are observing is not caused by chemicals or pollution, nor is it a case of early fall coloration. What you are seeing is the damage caused by a tiny insect, the Locust Leaf Miner, which inhabits the leaves of Black Locust Trees (Robinia pseudo-acacia) in our area.
is a Native Plant? Why
should I grow them in my garden? Where
can I buy them?
Native plants have many inherent qualities and adaptive traits that make them aesthetically pleasing, practical, and ecologically valuable for landscaping. They contribute to the health, and even the restoration, of an ecosystem by placing fewer demands on resources.
What are Invasives and why are they
considered to be a problem?
Invasives are plants not native
to the Southeastern United States. Many of these invaders out compete and
gradually displace our native plants. This affects
native wildlife and the overall health and stability of our