Dr. David Clarke

Botanist Dr. David Clarke

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, 151 W T. Weaver Blvd., has lots going on this month, including the reopening of its Visitor Center and Garden Path Gift Shop.

The gift shop features a large selection of nature-themed cards, T-shifts, puzzles, garden tools, field guides, hats, puppets, native plant books and more. Hors are daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BGA is also recruiting for gift shop volunteers.

For information on volunteering, visit https://ashevillebotanicalgardens.org/support/volunteers/.

On Sunday, July 25, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., BGA will feature the class, “A Botanist’s View of the Gardens With Dr. David Clarke.”

Dr. Clarke will lead participants on a walk-through of the Botanical Gardens and share a botanical perspective on the plants encountered. Questioned answered during the online tour will include: Why are some of the closest relatives of our native plants found in Siberia and East Asia? What does the horsetail (Equisetum) have to tell us about climate change? Are box turtles a good choice for dispersing fruits? What is the function of the hairs that form where veins join on the underside of oak leaves? A relative of which plant in our collection is the source of a toxin used by the FSB (erstwhile KGB)?

Dress for the weather; bring a hand lens (optional). Meet at the outdoor visitor center. Classes are $20 for non-members; $15 for members.

Pre-registration is required at https://ashevillebotanicalgardens.square.site/classes.

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