Botanical Garden Tours (Guided)
Scheduled tours are held each Monday May 27th-Aug. 26th at 10:30 am. Each week is devoted to one of the topics below. Meet in the amphitheatre behind the Nature Center (930 Horse Cove Road).
What’s in a Name? (May 27, July 1, Aug. 5)
Tour the garden and learn how certain plants got their names. From names based on morphological characteristics to the people that named them, this tour will cover it all. It’s also kid friendly.
Wildflowers and Their Pollinators (June 3, July 8, Aug. 12)
Explore the garden with an eye for native wildflowers and their pollinators. We will discuss flower characteristics and what attracts pollinators to the plants. This is family friendly and fun Botany 101.
Historically Significant Plants (June 10, July 15, Aug. 19)
The Botanical Garden is filled with notable plants of the southern Appalachians. We will learn about the importance of some of these plants in an historical context. Which plants are important for their uses and which became famous for their discoverers? This tour is more suitable for an older audience.
Carnivorous Plants (June 17, July 22, Aug. 26)
Are you fascinated by the thought of meat-eating plants? Learn the eating habits and trapping methods of southern Appalachian carnivorous plants, where you can find them, and why they are important in their habitats. This tour is very kid friendly.
Deadly Plants and Folklore (June 24, July 29)
Enjoy a tour of the garden focused on the deadly plants of the southern Appalachians. Learn which plants are toxic and what parts of the plant can harm you, then round out your knowledge with a discussion of the history and folklore behind these plants. For all ages.
- While you are not required to R.S.V.P. to these walks, we encourage you to let us know in advance if you are coming.
- Interpretive guided tours for private groups are also available throughout the year and can be arranged by appointment. They are free of charge, but donations are always appreciated.
- Talks on various botanical topics are also available to local garden clubs and other adult organizations.
- To schedule either a tour or a talk, contact our Horticultural Specialist at (828) 526-0188 or the Nature Center at (828) 526-2623.