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Thanks to our many great volunteers for recent efforts during our fall plant sale. It again was a successful fundraiser for us and for the Madison County Garden Club (our sale co-sponsor) and also a great way to get lots of native plants into many local home gardens (a big part of our mission).

December 2021

Garden Volunteering / Activities

Thanks for the many garden hours that our volunteers have contributed to making the Marshall Native Gardens what it can be in 2021. There are still a few garden volunteering activities scheduled this month before we put the gardens to bed for another winter! These are opportunities make garden friends, to learn about sustainable landscaping, and to work alongside kid crews from French Broad River Academy (FBRA) Boys and Girls crews, and also Project Challenge kids crews. This month we will finish the installation of hose reels, plant some native plants, and spread wood chips as mulching for many of our native planting beds. We hope you will come to the gardens to be a part of these efforts for any or these work days :


Thursday, December 2nd from 9:30am until 12 noon - A FBRA Girls crew will be onsite with our volunteers and together doing some fall cleanup maintenance in that themed garden and also some mulching of garden beds.

Wednesday, December 8th from 9:30am until noon - A FBRA Boys crew will be onsite with our volunteers; We will work to mulch beds and plant a few native plants. Please join us!

Thursday, December 9th from 9:30am until noon - A FBRA Girls crew will be onsite with our volunteers; We will work to mulch beds and plant a few native plants. Please join us!

Thursday, December 16th from 9:30am until noon - A FBRA Girls crew will be onsite with our volunteers. Together will finish garden tasks needed to put the gardens to bed for the winter. Join us!




Let's Grow Native Plants,


Ed McNally

Marshall Native Gardens Coordinator

828-333-3883


We are an all garden volunteers and we love to make new friends!


Valued Partners,

Sponsors & Collaborators

Friends of the Madison County Library, *

Marshall, NC

( * Note: MNGI is a part of this non-profit entity. Our mission is to support the Madison County Public Library).

Madison County Library,

Director, Kim Bellofatto

Marshall, NC


fbra-avl.org - Boys and Girls Schools

Asheville, NC


Timbersong Academy - Girls School

Weaverville, NC



ProjectChallenge.org

Project Challenge, NC Inc.


Southern Highlands Reserve,

Lake Toxaway, NC


Nathan Buchanan, Wildbud Natives,

Marshall, NC


French Broad Electric Cooperative,

Marshall, NC

Carolina Native Nursery,

Burnsville, NC


The American Chestnut Foundation,

Asheville, NC


Zev Friedman, Living Systems Designs,

Asheville, NC


Reems Creek Nursery,

Weaverville, NC

Southeastern Native Plant Nursery,

Candler, NC

Robert Eidus - Eagle Feather Farm

Marshall, NC


Blue Ridge Audubon Society,

Weaverville, NC



Onsite Self Guided Tour - Online Links

We have a self guided interpretive tour for use by all our visitors which allows them to scan QR codes found on many of our displays to learn about native plants and why they are important. You also can virtually visit our gardens now on this homepage by clicking on the linked tour stops seen below.

LISTING OF TOUR STOPS * :

Click the links to view our virtual tours and/or the many themed gardens

Overview of the entire gardens - Virtual Garden Tour

Main Kiosk - STOP 1 - Overview - https://youtu.be/yobsufZ01To

Main Kiosk - STOP 1 - Volunteers Info - https://youtu.be/vfaPIWJcMik

At Entry Garden Sign - Stop 2 Overview - https://youtu.be/Jg_cMyPCNik

At Entry Garden Sign - Stop 2 Details - https://youtu.be/vYmatiZSZvY

At Shrub Garden Sign - Stop 3 Overview - https://youtu.be/YNXpcFawbO0

At Shrub Garden Sign - Stop 3 Details - https://youtu.be/jf8iEBfN9cw

At Water Cisterns - Stop 4 Overview - https://youtu.be/v_yxi3w3SOY

At Butterfly Garden Sign - Stop 5 Overview - https://youtu.be/yXNZOee-ppM

At Butterfly Garden Sign - Stop 5 Details - https://youtu.be/2aOUYMXikTo

At Forest Farm Sign - Stop 6 Overview - https://youtu.be/EDbSl-0nV1M

At Forest Farm Sign - Stop 6 Details - https://youtu.be/ffXyAGidUgY

At "Chestnut" Sign -- Stop 7 Overview - https://youtu.be/3PZW5iV_TBQ

At Rain Garden Sign - Stop 8 Overview - https://youtu.be/LdhHWNZGSpg

At "Woodland" Sign - Stop 9 Overview - https://youtu.be/X3Fqr1ieMwI

At "Woodland" Sign - Stop 9 Details - https://youtu.be/Ed7YDrtP7Os

At Native Grasses Sign - Stop 10 Overview - https://youtu.be/nJuRX7IUtCE

At Native Grasses Sign - Stop 10 Details - https://youtu.be/7wUcSaXhizs

At Medicinals Sign - Stop 11 Overview - https://youtu.be/WrF3dqv5C5s

At Medicinals Sign - Stop 11 Details - https://youtu.be/RB2Yq3MuTt4

At Bird Garden Sign - Stop 12 Overview - https://youtu.be/AE_xcShXAJg

At Bird Garden Sign - Stop 12 Details - https://youtu.be/ZA-zgiSF7uc

* NOTE : Many thanks to the Rotary Club of Madison County (for the grant to help fund this tour project), Jim Thorsen (the DJ vocals on overviews tracts), Rita Pelczar (writer/editor on tour content), and Primrose (for their great interspersed mountain music used to accompany the tour ).




Gardens Background

Marshall Native Gardens are located on the 4.2 acre grounds of the Madison County Public Library in Marshall, NC. These gardens are open to the public free of charge. This native garden was envisioned, designed, constructed, and is maintained by Marshall Native Gardens Initiative (MNGI) in cooperation with the Library Director & Madison County.

MNGI is a very diverse all volunteer group - we have no paid staff. So, we love and rely on volunteers of all backgrounds and skill levels. All are welcome who want to learn about native plants, sustainable gardening, and/or mountain agriculture. Our focus is to provide education about the importance of native plants through interpretive displays & demonstration gardens.