From slaughterhouse to garden sanctuary

out resourcecenterThe Macon County Master Gardener Association is hosting an open house from 1 until 4 p.m. June 15 at the county’s Environmental Resource Center.

 

The organization is developing the grounds at the center, the site of an old slaughterhouse, as a horticultural demonstration garden and wants the public to see it.

The garden features native and landscape plants from Western North Carolina. Visitors can tour a variety of features at the site, including perennial beds, a butterfly garden, a rock garden, a woody ornamental garden, a meditation garden, a heritage flower garden, an herb garden and an orchard with trees and small fruits.  

Several of the gardens are still in the process of being developed. There are also three types of irrigation systems at the site, a composting demonstration area and a greenhouse built by the master gardeners, a program administered through the county’s Cooperative Extension Office.

Volunteers also help maintain the site on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

The center is located at 1448 Lakeside Drive, just east of the county’s landfill. 

828.349.2046.

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