The Asheville Herb Festival Celebrates 25 Years!

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The WNC Chapter of the NC Herb Association will host its 25th ANNUAL SPRING FESTIVAL May 2, 3, and 4, 2014! Don’t miss it!

The Herb Association represents the great variety of herb growers, herbalists, and related herb businesses in North Carolina, as well as natural gardening and landscaping specialists and makers of herbal ointments, balms, soaps, teas, sauces, and medicines. We hope you’ll join us and more than 35,000 other herb lovers for our Silver Anniversary Festival May 2, 3, and 4th, at the WNC Farmers Market. It’s the greatest herb festival in the whole southeast!

Let Us Tell You ’Bout the Herbs and the Bees

In 2014 we’ll also have exhibits and presentations by representatives of Bee City USA and the Center for Honeybee Research in Asheville. Bees are among the most essential natural pollinators of flowering plants—a category that includes most familiar herbs—and the critical effects of colony collapse among hives across the country endangers our future. Visit their booth and learn how to develop a bee-friendly garden and help save this critical pollinator.

“If It’s Herbs, It’s Here.”

As always, herbs are the centerpiece of the festival. Whether you’re looking for herbal medicine, holistic treatment, herbal soaps and shampoos, gourmet cooking herbs, cookbooks, or organic gardening information, you’ll find the products you need, as well as herb experts and horticulture professionals from across the southeast.

Drought-tolerant planting

In part because of changes in global climate patterns, the availability of sufficient water has been irregular in recent years. In Western North Carolina, rainfall was overabundant in July and August 2013 but virtually nonexistent during other seasons. But many popular herbs, having developed around the Mediterranean, are drought-tolerant, and experienced gardeners know that xeriscaping with drought-tolerant herbs and using captured rainwater is always a wise budgetary move as well as ecologically important. As always, Master Gardeners from the Buncombe County Extension Service will be on hand during the festival to answer gardening questions.

Join us for our 25th year!

Together with the Western North Carolina Farmers Market (operated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture), the Asheville Herb Festival has increased the public’s knowledge and love of herbs and herbal products for two decades. Our 25th annual festival will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 2, 3 & 4, 2014 at the WNC Farmers Market in Asheville, offering by far the best selection of herb plants in the southeast. Visit the directory page of our website to learn more about this year’s vendors. These dedicated herb specialists can be contacted at any time by consumers who wish to purchase their products.

Asheville Herb Festival
PO Box 1427
Candler, NC 28715
A. D. Reed at 828-301-8968

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Cindy Chastain, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCindy ChastainCounty Extension Administrative Assistant Call Cindy E-mail Cindy N.C. Cooperative Extension, Cherokee County Center
Posted on Apr 9, 2014
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