Wednesday, May 2, 2012

You're going to love Asheville!

Christopher has been doing an amazing job describing the gardens we're going to be visiting and evoking a bit of Asheville's essential quirky nature, too.  It's part of what makes Asheville a special place.  I hope you'll be able to spend some time before or after the Fling exploring our city and the surrounding mountains.  Check out this New York Times piece for their take on '36 hours in Asheville'.

As a part-time resident for the last three years, I've loved exploring the historic neighborhoods near downtown (on regular walks), enjoyed the vibrant downtown restaurant scene, and exploring the nearby trails in the mountains (not to mention all the great "natural gardens" nearby, too.

Some of my favorite small gardens within walking distance of the Fling hotel (Sheraton Four Points) are marked on this map (you'll have a printed copy in your packet).  The Google maps interactive version is here.

Nan Chase, whose garden many of you have signed up to visit post-Fling, and I have also come up with a list of some of our personal favorite restaurants and other spots downtown. (You'll also have a copy in your packet.)  But you won't go wrong almost anywhere in Asheville's historic downtown for a good restaurant!

Asheville is a great town for restaurants and its local food scene, complete with numerous neighborhood tailgate markets served by farmers, artisan bakers, plant growers, etc., is remarkably vibrant.

North Asheville tailgate market (25+ years old!)
We're glad you're coming. It'll be great fun. 

Natural Gardening


  1. Love, love, love the map Lisa. Excellent.

  2. What a great post to wet the appetite! A great adventure with new friends, old friends and a wonderful sister all in the mix! I look forward to meeting everyone and visiting Asheville the 2nd time around 18 yrs later....

  3. fun all around... looking forward to exploring the area with you!

  4. Thank you for the map -- very nostalgic for me. My earliest memory of a garden is that of my grandmother's on Pearson Drive. Flint, Montford, and Chestnut were part of my childhood comings-and-goings. I hope to see many of the gardens that flourish there now!

  5. Ok, almost perfect. Is there anywhere I can purchase a chai latte? :)

  6. Welcome, everyone!

    And Debbie, I'd think you can get a chai latte at Green Sage, or at Dobra Tea (which I didn't mark on the map, but is on Lexington Ave., too.)



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