I would love a pizza baked in this oven!! So cool. Asheville has so many interesting gardens tucked in small spaces.
Many eating establishments offer locally grown food on their menu. Sunny Point Cafe has a beautiful vegetable garden just outside its backdoor. See the potato blossom on the left side? Same shaped bloom as Borage, tomato, and Shooting Star.
We had light refreshments at this garden. I have to tell you about the most refreshing drink I have had in a long time...fresh ginger and lime, a ginger-lime-ade. I enjoyed it so much.
From the cafe gardens we traveled to our luncheon destination. Have I mentioned how much I have been enjoying Asheville? The River Arts District was our lunch stop and lunch was catered by 12 Bones, super barbecue! Ice cream was offered by The Hop, yummmmy!!
The gardens had some interesting conifers, beautiful plantings, and a peaceful place to sit and enjoy our lunch.
Whipcord Arborvitae, low growing evergreen. Perfect for the front of a garden.
A sweet little Allium added some color with all the evergreens.
Cyclamen leaves nestled in the irises.
As with many of our stops, I wish we had more time to explore this garden and the art studio.
|Love the rustic sitting area.|
|The pottery was so lovely.|
It is time to move on to the next stop, NC Arboretum. We were offered a guided tour through the arboretum with Tim Spira, professor of botany at Clemson, author of Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.
|Tim showing us a Pipevine bloom|
In addition to the native trees, the native mountain laurel, Kalmia latifolia, was in full bloom.
Other sights to take in around the Arboretum---
This pitcher plant seemed to just glow. Sarracenia leucophylla 'Tarnok'
This variety is special because of the flowers being mutants, have a Chrysanthemum look to them. I always thought the flowers were the pitchers. Never read much about them until now.
Finally we went to B. B. Barns Nursery to finish a very full day!
Stay tuned for the next installment of this garden filled trip.
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