Cultivating Connections between People and Plants
Just as our experience of nature is intimate, visitors to The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC, connect with plants in personal ways that are as diverse and rich as the land itself. Whether you enjoy strolling through gardens, exploring exhibits, enriching your mind or hiking and biking, the Arboretum offers activities for all ages, including: A 434-acre natural treasure with 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails Engaging indoor and outdoor exhibits that cultivate connections between people and plants One of the finest, most unique bonsai collections in the United States at the Bonsai Exhibition Garden Activities such as Discovery Day Packs and special events that delight the senses for all ages Regional offerings and unique items at the gift shop Enriching adult and youth education programs
Why should you visit The North Carolina Arboretum? Here are a few reasons why visitors continue to come back time and time again:
- 65 acres of cultivated gardens, including the Bonsai Exhibition Garden and the National Native Azalea Collection accredited by the Plant Collections Network.
- 10+ miles of hiking and biking pet-friendly trails ranging from easy to moderate/difficult.
- Adult Education program consists of more than 140 classes taught by some of the region’s leading experts. New classes are released every six months in February and August. Programs include Natural History; Fine Art and Craft; Health, Wellness and Adventure; Horticulture and Landscape Design
- A variety of family-friendly activities, including exhibits, self-guided tours, geocaching and an EcoLab containing live reptiles.
- Rotating art, science and educational exhibits displayed year-round.
- On-site café and indoor/outdoor dining area offering local, fresh ingredients made to order.
- A gift shop featuring a vibrant selection of fine paintings, prints, pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber art, and many other craft items created by local and regional artists.
For 30 years, a gem of Western NC amid a 434-acre public garden
The North Carolina Arboretum is located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest just south of Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. Surrounded and crisscrossed by forested coves and meandering creeks in the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is set in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.The Arboretum was established as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina by the State General Assembly in 1986, nearly a century after Frederick law Olmsted, the Father of American Landscape Architecture, first envisioned a research arboretum as part of his legacy and plan for George Vanderbilt at Biltmore Estate.