Gardens of Silvermont Dedication Ceremony

 Gardens of Silvermont Dedication Ceremony

The Transylvania County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (EMGV)invite the public to attend the official opening and dedication ceremony for the Gardens of Silvermont at 5PM on Wednesday, July, 20. A new work of sculpture donated to the Garden will be unveiled.

Special honorees will be the artists and craftsmen who created the hand-painted steel obelisk sculpture, which is a focal point of the Woodland Gardens located behind the carriage house, where the ceremony will be held.  Dee and Willem Veenhof crafted the metal sculpture, which was mounted on a slab of granite supplied by Laura and Jim LeBlow of Surface Arts in Brevard. Ginny Huckabee, and Toni Roop collaborated on the design of the landscape paintings on the sides of the metal obelisk.

Recognition will also be given to many members of the community who supported the development of the Gardens, located behind the Silvermont Mansion at 364 E. Main St. Brevard. Gardening education programs at the Gardens of Silvermont are designed for individuals of all ages and abilities.

Among those to be singled out for their contribution are Master Gardener and landscape designer Kathy Zimmerman who created the overall plan for the Gardens of Silvermont and Annie Martin who designed the moss garden in the center of the Woodland Garden. Also to be honored are Rick Pangle, Director of the Transylvania County Parks Department and Eric Caldwell, Transylvania County Extension Director, who were both instrumental in the development of the Gardens of Silvermont.

Many EMGV members worked countless hours building the Gardens and numerous individuals and businesses in the community contributed services, funds, labor and materials to the effort. Three Master Gardeners will be lauded for their work in specific areas of the Garden: Gail Comer for the Herb Garden, Marion Beuhler for the Vegetable Garden and Susan Sunflower for the Woodland Garden.

The official dedication ceremony for the Gardens of Silvermont is a Transylvania County Sesquicentennial Celebration event. 
"We're celebrating the Sesquicentennial by creating a learning garden to preserve the legacy of past generations for today's families and individuals who are interested in growing plants," said Jeannie Falknor, EMGV President.

The free programs began at the Gardens of Silvermont this summer with a three-part series on kitchen gardening that included a workshop on food gardening and a program on growing herbs and their culinary uses. The final program in the series, "Food Cures from the Garden," is Saturday, July 16 from 10 AM - Noon and features author and Master Gardener Kathleen Barnes.

The Transylvania County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers is a community service organization dedicated to putting knowledge to work through gardening education.

For more information about becoming a Master Gardener, or any of the above mentioned events, call the Cooperative Extension at 884-3109.

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