Indoor Meeting Schedule

All programs are held in the Hicks Room at the Bullington Gardens, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville, NC 28792 unless otherwise stated. The programs begin at 2:00 p.m.

Programs are cancelled if Hendersonville schools are closed due to weather conditions. Information on school closings can be found on most local radio and TV stations and on the internet at

Friday November 10, 2017 – More Adventures (and Misadventures) in Chile
Presenters: Larason & Juanita Lambert
A return trip to Chile allowed us to fill in some of the gaps we had missed in 2005. Our “chicken bus” style of travel, with few advance reservations, didn’t work so well this time, causing minor disruptions to our plans. We did visit many of the same towns and repeated some of the more interesting activities and side trips, but our emphasis on this trip to the southern beech forests was more botanical. A highlight near the end of the trip was a five-hour bus/ferry trip along gravel roads and misty (rainy) fjords in northern Patagonia.

Friday November 17, 2017 – Carnivorous Plants
Presenter: David McAdoo
As a wild orchid hunter I often come into habitat that includes carnivorous plants. This is especially true for pitcher plants (Sarracenia species) which are mostly in the southeastern US. Chasing them has become a side interest over the years. I would like to share some of the places and species of the different, fascinating carnivorous plants that I have seen in my travels.

Friday November 24, 2017 – Thanksgiving Weekend – No Program

Friday December 1, 2017 – Winter Walk – Sycamore Cove Loop Trail
This 3.2 mile clockwise loop trail has a variety of vegetation types and scenery. After a short distance the trail becomes moderate in difficulty and makes a rather constant climb. In less than a mile it levels out. The last ½ mile is a fairly steep descent back to US 276. Hiking poles are recommended. Approximate elevation change 400 feet
Hendersonville Group: Fresh Market 9:15 am 58 miles $3.00
Meet to Car Pool: Pisgah Ranger Station 10:00 am 0.5 mile

Friday & Saturday December 1 & 2, 2017 – “Bullington Gardens Christmas Sale

Friday December 8, 2017 – History of the Botanical Gardens at Asheville
Presenter: Heather Rayburn
Heather Rayburn, a staff member of the Botanical Gardens at Asheville and creator of, will present a slideshow detailing the history and function of Western North Carolina’s most unique public Gardens. No other contiguous 10-acre property in WNC can rival the BGA’s native plant diversity. Heather will explain the urgent need for gardeners to embrace native plant landscaping for the health of our planet.

**Have a great holiday!**

Friday January 5, 2018 – Bullington Gardens ─ Past, Present, Future
Presenter: John Murphy

Friday January 12, 2018 – Mystery Wildflower Person
Presenter: Bonnie Arbuckle
Who was Claudia Alta Taylor? What did she do to protect and encourage the use of native plants? Come find the answers.

Friday January 19, 2018 – A Naturalist Visits Newfoundland
Presenter: Jim Poling
I was amazed by the geology, history, culture, birds, and wildflowers on my visit to Newfoundland in July 2016. I will share what I learned and show some pictures that will make you want to visit also.

Friday January 26, 2018 – Landscape of the Southern Appalachians
Presenter: Steve Yurkovich
Steve will provide a brief history of the formation of the southern Appalachians and discuss the geologic processes that likely produced the current landscape. Both geology and topography determine the climate and soils that help produce, in part, the biological diversity of the region. Several rock and soil types will be used to illustrate this diversity.

Friday February 2, 2018 – Water Quality
Presenter: Rachel Claire Muir
TBD – more information will follow in the weekly reminder.

Friday, February 9 – Fire on the Mountain
Presenter: Peter Bates
Peter Bates, Associate Professor of Natural Resource Conservation & Management and Natural Resources Program Director, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources at Western Carolina University, will discuss the history of fire, the use of fire suppression tactics and how they have shaped our forests in the Southern Appalachians.

Friday, February 16 TBA

Friday, February 23 – Exploring WNC through William Bartram’s Travels
Presenter: Brent Martin
Writer and conservationist Brent Martin will talk on 18th century William Bartram’s 1791 publication, Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaw.

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