As the garden bloggers begin to gather in Asheville for three days of garden touring, networking, socializing and blog talk there will be two pre-events on Thursday afternoon and evening.
First our local sponsor Sow True Seed, at 146 Church St, seller of open pollinated, heirloom and GMO-free seeds will be having an Open House on Thursday afternoon from 1 to 5pm. Members of their team will be on hand to greet the bloggers, provide light refreshments and local beer, answer questions, and show folks around the store and small warehouse as they come by. Sow True Seed is located directly below and behind the new, modern, block long Lexington Station building, basically where Lexington and Church streets join. Access is from the Church Street side.
If you come early or while waiting to check in to your room at the hotel this will be an excellent way to take your first walking tour of down town Asheville. Sow True Seed is a short 15 to 20 minute stroll from the hotel. Here's a map. I recommend the Lexington Ave. route for the ambiance or local color as some prefer.
Thursday evening from 5 to 7:30 pm will be a meet and greet at Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues at 28 Broadway. Tressa's is one block from the hotel. If you arrive a little later in the day it will be easy to drop in once you are settled in at the hotel. Tressa's is also pinned on the walking map above.
We have rented the upstairs of Tressa's for our group. There will be a cash bar. Light pupus will be provided to tide you over until your are ready to head to dinner on the town.
And that's Thursday May 17th, warmup for Asheville Fling 2012.