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The North Carolina Arboretum entrance

No trip to Asheville North Carolina would be complete without a half day visit to The North Carolina Arboretum. The arboretum is easily accessible from The Blue Ridge Parkway and is only a short drive from downtown Asheville, N.C.


Our spring tour of The North Carolina Arboretum...

Visitor Center

   Visitor Center
  

The North Carolina Arboretum - THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA
The North Carolina
ARBORETUM
THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA

 

metal flower sculpture

 

Saucer Magnolia in full bloom

 

stone patios and walls

 

group of upright trees

 

Oh Great Spirit


Title: Oh Great Spirit
Artist: Nell Banister Scruggs
Medium: Bronze

 

curved stone wall

 

 

Swamp Hibiscus

 

Spring flowers

 

living roof

 

rain barrel

 

 

circular display garden

 

trees

 

gazebo

 

stonewalled round pond

 

The Quilt Garden

THE QUILT GARDEN

This central garden pays homage to North Carolina's long history of quilting. The flowers and plants represent some of the most popular traditional block patterns used in Appalachian quilts.

The garden uses a technique called tessellation (tess-eh-LAY-shun). Tessellation evolved from broderie perse (BRO-der-ee pairs), or "Persian embroidery," which involves cutting and piecing one cloth or motif onto another. Many quilt designs use simple shapes to form more complex patterns. Changing the color or print of these shapes changes the look of the pattern.

Every year, we choose one overall pattern for this garden, and tessellate it by planting different flowers in the pattern at three times during the growing season. We've featured block patterns such as Log Cabin, Flower Basket, Bow Tie, Grandma's Fan, Double Wedding Ring and Variable Star (illustration above).

quilt flower garden

 

stone swale

 

sculpture

 

Magnolia Espalier

Magnolia Espalier 

  

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