At our inception 20 years ago, we chose to be different. Unlike other news organizations, we made the decision to provide in-depth, regional reporting free to anyone who wanted access to it. We don’t plan to change that model. Support from our readers will help us maintain and strengthen the editorial independence that is crucial to our mission to help make Western North Carolina a better place to call home. If you are able, please support The Smoky Mountain News.

The Smoky Mountain News is a wholly private corporation. Reader contributions support the journalistic mission of SMN to remain independent. Your support of SMN does not constitute a charitable donation. If you have a question about contributing to SMN, please contact us.

Rare shrub seeds for sale

Alarka Institute in Cowee is now selling seeds and young plants of the Franklinia, one of the most rare shrubs in the world.

Franklinia seeds have only been collected once in the wild, by 18th-centurty naturalist William Bartram. However, Alarka owners Brent and Angela Martin have harvested countless seeds from the Franklinia plants on their property, and last year’s seed crop has yielded some young plants that are for sale. 

The seeds are available in packets of 36 for $10, plus shipping. The plants are $10 apiece, and depending on geographical proximity to the Martins’ home in Cowee, they will deliver and plant them for an additional $15. Order online at https://bit.ly/2qFyifP. 

Receive our FREE SMN Xtra newsletter

Go to top