Garden Jubilee

Hendersonville’s downtown garden extravaganza!

Garden Jubilee, one of the largest gardening shows in Western North Carolina, will be held Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm during Memorial Day weekend. More than 200 plant and craft vendors line Main Street, from Sixth Avenue to Caswell Street, transforming the historic downtown area into an seven-block garden wonderland.

The two-day garden & plant extravaganza features local and regional nurseries selling thousands of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and hard-to-find plants. Crafters will offer distinctive garden art, and there will be handmade lawn furniture, jewelry, garden tools, planters, wind chimes, birdhouses, soaps and pottery. Visitors can also learn the latest techniques and tips from gardening experts located throughout the festival.

This year’s Garden Jubilee will again include Garden Talks from regional gardening experts who will host their free clinics at the Visitor Center. The clinic topics are all encompassing, ranging from planting to composing, and everything in between! Make sure to bring a pen and paper to take notes and come prepared to ask questions. These free Garden Talks will be sponsored by the Henderson County Community Foundation.

For additional information about Garden Jubilee, call the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority at 828-693-9708. Click here for lodging or area information.

Garden Jubilee is an event of the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.

2022 Garden Jubilee brochure coming soon!

Garden Jubilee Speaker Series

9:00am -- City Pollinator Murals Walk n Talk

Speakers: Patrice German with Bee City USA-Hendersonville, Elizabeth Queen Beeline Mural Artist and Tricia King with TTK Design 

Elizabeth Queen, who is the artist for the Beeline Mural will be talking about the Beeline Sidewalk Mural; Tricia King, the garden designer responsible for the pollinator-friendly gardens at the Pollinator Mural, will be talking about how the plants help pollinators. Patrice German, Bee City USA-Hendersonville Program Coordinator will speak about the inspiration for the mural, the fundraising process, and seeing it all come to fruition. 

9:15am -- Community Foundation presentation

Listen to the Community Foundation of Henderson County’s presentation of their annual grants.

10:00am -- Let's Go/Vamos Hendo

Let’s Go/Vamos Hendo-A Lifeline: A Bilingual Reading of Newly Launched Book & Companion Sidewalk Mural Experience 

Speakers: Elizabeth Queen Beeline Mural Artist and Sofia Fernandez Mural Artist 

In “dueling banjo” style, Isaqueena, the author/illustrator, and Sofia, one of the sidewalk muralists will share this inspiring locally set story in English and Spanish.  

Let’s Go, Hendo!  A Lifeline – the not-just-for children’s book that is launching during Garden Jubilee is an interactive and transformative journey through diverse Henderson County terrains and experiences during which time an individual learns something of the world around it, its place in it, and perhaps something about itself. 

Let’s Go, Hendo!  A Lifeline-the sidewalk mural is the companion interactive story through which the participant performs a series of choreographed “hopscotch” movements as they make their way from Main (Hands On Museum Corner), passing the Good of the Hive Mural eventually connecting to the Bear Crossing ASL Hendo and Bee Line Sidewalk murals, the Farmers Market, Historic Train Depot, and Historic 7th Avenue.  As the participant moves through the story’s plot line and corresponding changing landscapes, it transforms into different native WNC inhabitants of the terrains: from a human skipping across stones in a creek, to a brook trout flowing with its river’s current through and to the mountains and what’s on the other side.  

The story reinforces the importance of the environment, community, art, and fitness, in short, sustainability.  

It serves as an apt metaphor for our community’s, our environment’s and our own continuing lifecycles and the interconnectivities, co-dependencies between.   

10:15am -- Kids Caring for Mother Earth

Speaker: Elle Travis with Nature Connections 

Mother Earth is asking us to remember simple pleasures playing outdoors! Elle recounts her adventure creating Spring Magic, Summer Fun, Fall into Autumn and Winter Tales in her Nature Connections book series for children of all ages. Hear a few of her magical stories with Light Feather the mischievous plant fairy and her friends Buzzy the Bee, Orbit the Spider, Sunny Bear and many more. These adventures led her to establish a nonprofit, Caregivers of Mother Earth, to teach children the wonders of nature and how we are one in the web of life. Caregivers of Mother Earth is a small acorn today but believes many oak trees can come from her big dream! Come experience the wonderment of nature where dreams really do come true. 

11:00am -- Not Your Momma's Shade Garden

Speakers: Brenda Rosbrook and Kay Campbell aka ‘The Shady Ladies’ with Raymond’s Garden Center 

The Shady Ladies guide you through the exciting world of shade gardening. Learn about new varieties, colorful combos and deer resistant plants that will make your shade garden shine! 

12:00pm -- There's more to a Fig than a Newton

Speaker: Danny McConnell with McConnell Farms 

A presentation on the history, cultivation and enjoyment of the mysterious and sometimes overlooked Fig.  Several fun facts will be discussed along with instruction on how to grow Figs in a colder climate. Ample time will be allowed for participants have an open dialogue.

1:00pm -- Recipes for Pollinator Gardening Success

Speaker: Kim Bailey with Milkweed Meadows Farm 

Kim Bailey (AKA nectar bartender and pollinator chef at Milkweed Meadows Farm) will share secret ingredients and recipes for serving up a bountiful garden buffet for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, moths, and more!  The key is not just providing nectar-producing plants to attract adult pollinators who’ll fly by “the bar” for a quick sip then move along.  You also want to offer a kids’ menu to entice pollinators to stick around, make their homes in your garden, and make more pollinators!  This means growing critical “baby food” plants (such as milkweed!) and flowers with “carryout pollen” to cater to offspring who are picky eaters!  If you’re hungry to learn more about nourishing pollinators by planting beautiful flowers, herbs, passionfruit vines, and pawpaw trees, be sure to join us for this entertaining and educational presentation inspired by a cooking show you’d expect to see on Nature’s Food Network!   

2:00pm -- Native Bees: Nature's Pollination Machines

Speakers: Jill Jacobs and Bill Basham with Spriggly’s Beescaping  

In this presentation fun for all ages, European honey bees take a backseat to the almost 4,000 species of beneficial bees native to North America. Beginning with a reading of their original book, Finding Home: A Story of a Mason Bee, learn about native bees through an exploration of common species and the habitat each require for nesting and survival. 

3:00pm -- Mushroom Cultivation 101

Speaker: Greg Carter from Deep Woods Mushrooms

This presentation is an introduction to the easiest mushrooms to cultivate at your home. 

4:00pm -- Use and Care of your Outdoor Yard Equipment

Speaker: Max Krueger with Stanley Black & Decker/Outdoor 

Will be talking about how to properly use your outdoor lawn equipment, as well as how to maintain it through each season and how to store and winterize the equipment as well. Discussion will include lawn mowers, tillers, handheld string trimmers, blowers, chainsaws, etc., and then get into how to prepare and store these for the winter when not being used. 

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