2014 Plant Shows and Events

WNC Orchid Society Annual Show
Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30

Hundreds of orchids fill the Education Center in this annual judged show that also features regional orchid plant and supply vendors of international acclaim. Educational classes will be offered throughout the weekend and Orchid Society members will be available to answer questions and provide orchid-growing advice.

55th Annual Rhododendron & Azalea Flower Show, presented by the American Rhododendron Society, SE Chapter 
Saturday, May 3 - Noon to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 4 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This yearly judged event features hundreds of blooms. The North Carolina Arboretum is home to the National Native Azalea Collection, and visitors are encouraged to explore the collection, located along Bent Creek. 

Dahlia Tuber Sale and Mum Cutting Sale
Carolinas Dahlia Society and North Carolina Chrysanthemum Society
Saturday, May 10 - 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Education Center
A wide variety of dahlia tubers and chrysanthemum rooted cuttings featuring cultivated varieties are available. Learning from Dahlia and Mum Society experts, visitors can uncover the secrets of how to produce plants with show quality blooms. Customers purchasing $20 of mums will receive 2 free mum cuttings. Customers purchasing $20 of dahlias will receive one free dahlia tuber.

Asheville-Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition
Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The annual exhibition features award-winning roses of every color and size. Experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the selection, care, and history of roses. Educational programs will be offered throughout the weekend. 

Carolinas Dahlia Society Annual Show
Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14

PLEASE NOTE: The Carolinas Dahlia Society has canceled this event. 

WNC Orchid Society Auction
Sunday, September 21
PLEASE NOTE: The WNC Orchid Society has canceled this event. 

Carolina Craft Day
Saturday, September 27

The North Carolina Arboretum celebrates Southern Appalachian traditions during Carolina Craft Day. The event, now in its ninth year, features craft demonstrations and juried art and craft vendors, plant sales and musical performances at the Education Center.

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been canceled.

Carolina Bonsai Expo
Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12

The Carolina Bonsai Expo features the juried work of bonsai enthusiasts from bonsai clubs in a six-state region of the United States. Every year the Expo includes free educational programming, workshops, a bonsai marketplace featuring plants, pots, tools and books for sale, ikebana displays and a live auction of bonsai and bonsai-related items. 

North Carolina Chrysanthemum Society Annual Show
Saturday, October 18 and
Sunday, October 19
The popular annual judged show showcases hundreds of chrysanthemum blooms in vibrant and varied colors. The exhibits will be judged by Accredited National Chrysanthemum judges and strict NCS standards and highlights the exceptional variety in size, shape and color of these popular fall flowers. Hours: Saturday Noon - 5:00 p.m. (Show opens when judging is completed.) Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


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