Cradle of Forestry Presents Garden Day May 7

The Cradle of Forestry invites the public to learn about the Cradle’s gardens on Saturday, May 7, 2016 and lend a hand preparing them for the growing season. While working alongside interpreters, visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss goals, successes, and challenges to which all gardeners in Western North Carolina can relate.

The day’s schedule includes:

  • 10:00-11:30 and 1:30-3:00: first plantings in the heritage garden along the Biltmore Campus Trail.
  • 11:30-1:00: cleaning up the Cradle’s National Wildlife Federation certified backyard wildlife habitat and pollinator garden.
  • 3:30-4:30: Why Are We Letting the Grass Grow: indoor presentation focusing onthe Cradle of Forestry’s efforts to convert lawn areas to meadow, followed by a walk outside to see what is growing in these areas.

Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age. America the Beautiful passes, Golden Passports and Every Kid in a Park passes are honored. Admission includes the new film, First in Forestry: Carl Alwin Schenck and the Biltmore Forest School, hands-on exhibits, a scavenger hunt, a firefighting helicopter simulator, historic cabins and antique equipment on two paved trails. It also includes the Adventure Zone, an activity designed to reach children with autism and engage young families. Lunch is available for purchase from 11:30-2:30 from Hobnob at the Cradle.

The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest along the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412. For more information call (828) 877-3130 or visit


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