Asheville Fling Garden Look Back 2012

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate

As we prepare for the Garden Bloggers Fling in San Francisco happening in a couple of days, let’s look back at last year’s gardens we visited during the Asheville Garden Bloggers Fling. It was a wonderful trip having met many bloggers and visiting many unique gardens.  How many places do you know or remember?


Biltmore Estate Gardens/ Conservatory


Biltmore Estate Gardens/ Conservatory

We had great weather to visit gardens with the people of Asheville so friendly and accommodating. In a way, you expect the graciousness of those in the South. Their kind and generous reputation precedes them. I think what impressed me most was the scenery in the area. I love the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC and they just enveloped this city.

Posts on Biltmore:

Is That a Bear at the Biltmore?

The Biltmore Estate Gardens Asheville, NC

The Rose Gardens at the Biltmore

Biltmore in the Woods


North Carolina Arboretum

I loved this Arboretum. It was a mix of the natural and the designed.


North Carolina Arboretum


Christopher Mello’s Garden

There was a lot of creativity in this town.


Christopher Mello’s Garden


Christopher Mello’s Garden


Burton Street Community Peace Garden


Burton Street Community Peace Garden

12 Bones/Curves Studios

12 Bones/Curves Studios


Peter and Jasmin Gentling Garden


Peter and Jasmin Gentling Garden


Peter and Jasmin Gentling Garden

Posts on the Gentling Gardens:


Haywood Community College Gardens

Haywood Community College Gardens

Haywood Community College Gardens

Although I don’t have many images from BB Barnes, I really liked this very large nursery. And of course made purchases while there. Loved the luncheon served too.


BB Barnes Nursery


Sunny Point Café






White Gate Inn

I wish I stayed at the White Gate. The hospitality was unmatched.

Post: White Gate Inn Gardens


Nan Chase’s Garden

As an architect, I have to say this was a highlight for me, the Bark House.

Nan Chase's Garden

Nan Chase’s Garden


Bonnie Brae and Ku’ulei ‘Aina

And of course, if you read here often, you know how much I love nature and Christopher’s garden is a haven for wildlife. And oh, those mountains!

Bonnie Brae and Ku’ulei ‘Aina

Bonnie Brae and Ku’ulei ‘Aina

Bonnie Brae and Ku’ulei ‘Aina

Bonnie Brae and Ku’ulei ‘Aina

Bonnie Brae and Ku’ulei ‘Aina

Bonnie Brae and Ku’ulei ‘Aina


Bonnie Brae and Ku’ulei ‘Aina

All things come to an end…. so the plane took off… Philadelphia bound. This week, back to Philadelphia on the first leg of the trip to San Francisco. I have been to San Francisco before where my trip to Asheville was my first visit. There is a lot in San Francisco to see and not enough time to see it.


Biltmore Below

Off to San Francisco for lots of photographs!


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17 Responses to Asheville Fling Garden Look Back 2012

  1. Ah, such beautifully creative gardens!

  2. Joe Owens says:

    I will have to say overall i was disappointed with the gardens at Biltmore. We live in Abingdon, Virginia which is approximately two hours northeast of Biltmore and we see advertisements in print and on television and online year round. Our particular opportunity to visit was about this time last year. The flowers just did not impress me. As a former greenhouse owner and plant lover I expected to be wowed and I just was not. It is certainly a beutiful place and worth the trip for the scale of the gardens however.

  3. shoe1000 says:

    Thank you so much for a wonderful journey through Asheville. I have been there a couple of times and it is a gorgeous place up in the mountains like that.
    Have fun at Filoli!

  4. Brings back lots of memories!

  5. Beautiful Captures – Happy Traveling – thanks so much for sharing:) Happy Hump Day!

  6. Reading about this last summer was the first time I became aware of the fling. Looks like it was a fantastic time.

  7. The trip to Asheville was so fun. I still haven’t really posted on it. I will have to put together a review when I get back from SF, which I am really looking forward to.

  8. Phil Lanoue says:

    Really terrific scenes Donna!

  9. Beautiful trip that was 🙂

  10. Graziella says:

    That really looks like a fun trip, it’s a shame we live so far away, we don’t organize such events here. I love the community garden, it looks like it makes a lot of people happy. The bark house is also amazing, the shingles on the front of the house highlights the material beautifully.

  11. Have a wonderful ‘fling’, Donna! I look forward to sharing in the fun virtually when you return. P. x

  12. Pat says:

    Beautiful gardens.

  13. Roger Brook says:

    Wow, all you bloggers getting together, what a great idea.

  14. I envy you the “fling” trip. Gardeners are special people and garden BLOGGERS are extra special!

  15. Donna a great look back….I love San Fran and wish I could have gone…can’t wait to see all the posts and pics!

  16. Fergiemoto says:

    Such lovely gardens!

  17. I thoroughly enjoyed Asheville, nice to be reminded through your photos.

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