Arboretum Explorer: Can't-miss happenings at your Arboretum
Mid-May 2021

Introducing A Life in the Wild

This spring, connect with your wild side at The North Carolina Arboretum with not just one art exhibit, but two! In conjunction with our ongoing Wild Art outdoor sculpture showcase you can now journey through A Life in the Wild, a traveling exhibition of breathtaking images from award-winning nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen. You won't want to miss this retrospective look at nearly four decades of work documenting wild places across the globe and the remarkable creatures that inhabit them. The exhibit is on display daily, May 15 – September 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the Baker Visitor Center.

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Exhibit support for A Life in the Wild is provided in part by The North Carolina Arboretum Society, Asheville Citizen-Times, Biltmore Farms Hotels, Gasperson Moving & Storage, Travel Guide and Smoky Mountain Living Magazine.

The Bonsai Are Back!

After spending the winter tucked away from the elements, the Arboretum's renowned bonsai collection has returned! Featuring up to 50 specimens at a time from our 100-strong collection, our Bonsai Exhibition Garden is open for exploration from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Come see the traditional roots of bonsai on full display with a contemporary Southern Appalachian twist.

If you'd like to learn more about our collection, check out the next session in our ongoing lecture series "Bonsai at The North Carolina Arboretum: More Than Meets the Eye" with Bonsai Curator Arthur Joura on Thursday, May 27.

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Please note: In order to protect our bonsai specimens, no pets, food or drink are permitted inside the Bonsai Exhibition Garden.

Reminder: Plant Sale May 26 – 29

Don't forget! The Arboretum’s annual outdoor plant sale is back, and this year, it’s bigger and better than ever. On May 26 and 27, bring your mask and a wagon and get ready to shop a unique collection of annuals and perennials grown right here at your Arboretum. Then, on May 28 and 29, check out our tailgate-style market featuring local growers and businesses from across our community, all gathered in one place. We can't wait to see you there!

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Please note: The Arboretum’s standard $16 parking fee applies for all non-members and can be applied towards the cost of a membership onsite.

The Path Forward Continues

Thank you! It’s only been a few days since we re-launched our fundraising campaign, The Path Forward, and you are already helping bring the Arboretum to everyone. So far, 41 households have contributed $31,110, putting us at 31% of our $100,000 goal!

We are so grateful for this initial outpouring of support for your Arboretum as we look toward a bright future where we can continue to be a community resource for all. Please consider contributing to help us fulfill our ongoing mission of connecting people with plants.

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Your donations have a positive impact on the Arboretum experience every day. Thank you again!

Donate Your Time & Talents

As the world opens up a bit more, volunteer opportunities at the Arboretum continue to open up too! Current needs include volunteers to help with the Plant Sale, staffing our info desk, new docent stations, membership ambassadors and more. As always, interested parties can visit our volunteer page for more info, then sign up on VolunteerHub by following the link below.

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