AE21 Native Azalea Awe Walk

Sunday May 2

10:00 AM  –  11:30 AM


Native Azalea Awe Walk

ONLINE* Sunday, May 2; 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Instructor: Ben Pick

$35 Adult Non-member*

(Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. To become an Arboretum Member and receive discounts on all classes, go to our Membership page.)


At peak bloom in early May, the Arboretum’s National Native Azalea Collection, featuring 16 of the 17 U.S. native azalea species, is a wonder to behold. Instructor Ben Pick, who formerly worked in the collection as an Arboretum horticulturist, leads this educational walk to discuss the colorful azaleas, as well as other rare and interesting native plants that share the landscape, a hidden gem along the winding shores of Bent Creek. The National Native Azalea Collection is also a fantastic example of ecological gardening in a woodland space -- enhanced with naturalistic plantings and selectively maintained while retaining and spotlighting characteristic natural elements of the original habitat -- making the garden an indispensable resource for landowners of forested property. Arrive with a water bottle, dressed appropriately for weather. Meeting arrangements will be sent in advance, but be aware that the class requires a half-mile walk to and from the Native Azalea Collection site.

*Participants must adhere to all safety guidelines in the reminder email sent prior to class. Please add to your contacts to ensure our emails do not end up in your spam folder. Masks should be worn out of consideration for all class participants. We ask that participants try to keep a distance of at least 6' between others as much as possible.


Ben Pick grew up in Asheville and has been deeply influenced by his time in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Since graduating from NC State University in Horticulture Design, he has traveled and gained experience in many different gardens. He now runs a small garden services company, Meadow Edge LLC, and also co-owns a specialty plant nursery, Saturnia Farm, in Clyde, North Carolina.


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