Outdoors roundup

Get a primer on wildflowers

Horticulturalist Adam Bigelow will discuss native wildflowers during a talk at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska. 

With a talk titled “Getting to Know Wildflowers,” Bigelow is a native plant enthusiast and the owner/operator of Bigelow’s Botanical Excursions, an eco-tourism business based in Cullowhee. He is a steering committee member for the renowned Cullowhee Native Plants Conference and has led wildflower walks at a number of respected gardens. 

The talk is offered in conjunction with the Tuscola Garden Club’s regular monthly meeting. The group will gather for social time at 9:30 a.m. and the club’s business meeting will start at the program’s conclusion. 


Befriend the MST

Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail will gather for a conference March 23-25 in Elkin, a weekend full of opportunity to learn more about the trail and ways to help its development going forward. 

The weekend will include dinner Friday and the annual membership meeting on Saturday. Both days will include a full schedule of trail and town excursions for attendees to explore the outdoors and learn more about this special part of North Carolina. 

Registration is $75 and open to members only. Memberships are available for $35. RSVPs required by March 16. Sign up at http://conta.cc/2ne6UnK. 


Get a jump on berry season

A seminar on growing strawberries, blackberries and raspberries will be offered at a trio of locations over the next several weeks. 

  • 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Jackson County Extension Center in Sylva.

The session will cover all the basic cultural needs of these three berry types. Topics will include site selection and preparation, soil conditions, fertility needs, spacing, trellising, weed control, cultivar selection, pruning, training, harvesting and pest control options. 

Free, with registration required by contacting Christine Bredenkamp, 828.488.3848 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


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