From delicate trilliums to wild geraniums, hundreds of native species from North Carolina are represented at the Daniel Boone Native Gardens in Boone.
The gardens contain an outstanding collection of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Hundreds of plant varieties provide a progression of blooms throughout the growing season.
Opened in 1963, the three-acre Daniel Boone Native Gardens is an educational and conservation effort to nurture rare or endangered plant species.
These public gardens comprise of a bog garden, fern garden, rhododendron grove, rock garden, rock wishing well, vine-covered arbor, pond alongside the historic Squire Boone Cabin and several grand vistas.
A descendant of Daniel Boone, who hunted in the area, made the wrought-iron gates at the entrance.
Programs for seniors, children, birders and artists are also planned at the gardens this summer.
Every second Tuesday of the month, the High Country Audubon Society leads a free bird walk at 8:30 a.m.
The second annual horticultural symposium sponsored by Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Science and Department of Biology is slated for June 7. The theme, “Designing Your Garden,” features noted speakers, in addition to a tour of Daniel Boone Native Gardens.
The daylong event with registration is designed for local gardeners and homeowners. The program is sponsored in conjunction with the Daniel Boone Native Gardens and the Garden Club of North Carolina.
Sponsored by The Garden Club of North Carolina to protect native plants throughout the state, the gardens thrive due to community support and dedication of surrounding garden club members in Watauga County.
The Daniel Boone Native Gardens are located at 651 Horn in the West Drive in Boone. Open from May to October, admission is $2 for adults and free for children younger than 16.
For more information, visit www.danielboonenativegardens.org, or call (828) 264-6390.