Black Mountain Center of the Arts is putting on the Art In Bloom. Their cottage garden tour is June 16th and 17th from 10 am to 2 pm. T his tour features beautiful local grdens. Pick up your tour map/tickets at the Ceenter of the Arts.. Look for Plean Air Painters in each garden. The tour includes a discount for lunch at several Black Mountain restaurants. Call today 828-669-0930 www.blackmountainarts.org. 225 W. State St., Black Mountain, NC
Arbor House of Black Mountain Bed and Breakfast is a featured garden on the tour. The B&B gardens were started in 2004. Jim and Theresa Fuller acquired the beautifully quaint Arts and Crafts home in 2015. The property has several unique features, from repurposed concrete steps and abstract iron railings to hand-built stone walls which create a wonderful area for intimate weddings and elopements. Their B&B guests enjoy the serenity of the mountains, lake, garden views.
Jim and Theresa work the gardens themselves; constantly adding and maintaining plants to create a garden for all seasons. Besides providing colorful flowers, they enjoy finding interesting plants whose leaf textures provide year round interest. There are over 100 plant varieties, including herbs and vegetables. They love seeing their Black Mountain neighbors look up at the gardens and house as they walk around the ½ mile Lake Tomahawk loop.
When they first met their neighbor; Dr John Wilson, he told them about the history of his evening primrose flower gardens on the lake. He told them the story of when many families came to the lake just to see the Primrose open and excitedly provided them with some starters. In dedication to Dr Wilson, Jim and Theresa have planted the starters and seeds along their lakeside property. These flowers give a show just after dusk from mid June to early July as the flowers burst open within minutes The Tina James varietal is the most popular. Dr Wilson’s nephew also has been instrumental in keeping up the lakeside garden near the stone wall and bench.
Though small and privately owned, this little garden rocks and is well worth visiting during Art in Bloom. Note* There are approximately 20 plus steps to navigate around the property.