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Garden Room Tour–Viewsite

Garden Room Tour–Viewsite

Join us at the Viewsite as we close our 2019 visitors’ season with a Garden Room Tour! These tours offer a new way to experience the Reserve similar to Visitors’ Days, but focusing on a particular area that is in its peak. This is the perfect opportunity for garden lovers who have less time or are not able to walk the full tour. Tours begin promptly at 10 am and will last 1 hour. Please arrive no earlier than 9:30 – 9:45 for check in. Directions provided will give you an idea of approximate drive time. Roads to the gardens are curvy; plan according to your riders’ comfort level. Located at 4,500 feet elevation, we cover varied terrain much like hiking in the mountains of Western NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway. These conditions create a moderate to strenuous hiking/walking experience. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes, bring water bottle, camera, and bug... Read More
Visitors’ Day

Visitors’ Day

Visitors’ Days are held the first Tuesday of each month, April – October. Visitors’ Days provide the perfect outing for backyard gardeners, plant enthusiasts or professionals in the fields of horticulture, design and ecology. Visitors’ Days are best suited for first-time guests to SHR and are led by a Garden Tour Docent. Tours begin promptly at 10 am and will last 2 to 2.5 hours. Please arrive at 9:30 – 9:45 for check in. Directions provided will give you an idea of approximate drive time. Roads to the gardens are curvy; plan according to your riders’ comfort level. Located at 4,500 feet elevation, we cover varied terrain much like hiking in the mountains of Western NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway. These conditions create a moderate to strenuous hiking/walking experience. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes, bring water bottle, camera, and bug spray. We also invite our visitors to bring a sack lunch and enjoy lunch on the Rooftop Terrace or at the Chestnut Lodge picnic table following the... Read More
Azalea Propagation Workshop

Azalea Propagation Workshop

If you can’t get enough of native azaleas, join SHR horticulture experts and learn how to propagate your own…just in time for the coming harvesting season! The workshop will begin promptly at 10 am and will last one hour. Please arrive after 9:45 for check-in. Directions provided will give you an idea of approximate drive time. Be aware that the mountain roads are steep and curvy, so plan accordingly. Located at 4,500 feet elevation, we cover varied terrain much like hiking in the mountains of Western NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a rain jacket. Please also bring a pair of hand pruners and gloves if available, a water bottle and bug... Read More
Visitors’ Day

Visitors’ Day

Visitors’ Days are held the first Tuesday of each month, April – October. Visitors’ Days provide the perfect outing for backyard gardeners, plant enthusiasts or professionals in the fields of horticulture, design and ecology. Visitors’ Days are best suited for first-time guests to SHR and are led by a Garden Tour Docent. Tours begin promptly at 10 am and will last 2 to 2.5 hours. Please arrive at 9:30 – 9:45 for check in. Directions provided will give you an idea of approximate drive time. Roads to the gardens are curvy; plan according to your riders’ comfort level. Located at 4,500 feet elevation, we cover varied terrain much like hiking in the mountains of Western NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway. These conditions create a moderate to strenuous hiking/walking experience. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes, bring water bottle, camera, and bug spray. We also invite our visitors to bring a sack lunch and enjoy lunch on the Rooftop Terrace or at the Chestnut Lodge picnic table following the... Read More
Floral Design Workshop with Kirk Moore of Oakleaf Flower & Garden

Floral Design Workshop with Kirk Moore of Oakleaf Flower & Garden

Learn tips and tricks of working with botanicals available to you from garden designer and historian Kirk Moore of Oakleaf Flower & Garden in Highlands, NC and Atlanta, GA! No matter what’s blooming in your yard, you will understand how to make the best selections and bring them together through harmony, proportion, scale and rhythm for an eye-catching centerpiece or elegant accent. Kirk has worked on significant projects for Colonial Williamsburg, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, Historic Savannah Foundation and countless private clients. His television show, “American Gardener”, on QVC was, for years, a popular source for garden requisites and ornaments. Moore was also a garden and lifestyle correspondent for ABC’s “Good Morning America” television show. For more than 20 years, he and his partner, Don Fry, have developed product collections for major retailers- Smith and Hawken, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Takashimaya, among others. The workshop will begin promptly at 10 am and will last one hour. Please arrive after 9:45 for check-in. Directions provided will give you an idea of approximate drive time. Be aware that the mountain roads are steep and curvy, so plan accordingly. Located at 4,500 feet elevation, we cover varied terrain much like hiking in the mountains of Western NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Please dress comfortably and bring a water... Read More