Wendell Nursery’s Opening Day will Include Artists and Free Lectures on Apr. 20

Inside one of the Garden Treasures greenhouses, Wendell, NC. Photo: Kay Whatley
Inside one of the Garden Treasures greenhouses, Wendell, NC. Photo: Kay Whatley

By Kay Whatley, Editor

The “Grand Opening and First Annual Open House” for Garden Treasures will open in Wendell, North Carolina, with a day of art and flowers on Saturday, April 20, 2019, 9am-5pm, at their newly-built nursery.

The public is invited to celebrate with Garden Treasures, located at 3500 Edgemont Road, Wendell, NC, as the nursery opens for retail plant sales with a Craft Fair — artists and craft vendors set up outside the greenhouses — along with a ribbon cutting and free horticulture lectures throughout the day.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will kick off the day at 9am with Pat McCracken, nursery manager, and special guest Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery.

Following the ribbon cutting, the Craft Fair will open, and a variety of plants will be available for sale.

A glass bowl created by Murphy Art Glass. Source: Cheryl Kearns. Photo compliments of Murphy Art Glass.
A glass bowl created by Murphy Art Glass. Source: Cheryl Kearns. Photo compliments of Murphy Art Glass.

Artists and craft vendors will have their works on display along the greenhouse paths at the nursery’s juried Craft Fair. Browse local artists’ works, or purchase items for sale, created by the following:

See more details on these creators at garden-treasures.com/grand_opening/artists.

Colorful camellia plants in a Garden Treasures greenhouse, soon to be transported and planted. Photo: Kay Whatley
Colorful camellia plants grown by Garden Treasures. Photo: Kay Whatley

Attend free educational lectures and demonstrations:

10am — Tea Time:  Home-grown and hand-made tea with Christine Parks

11am — Creating Camellias:  The breeding and selection process with David Parks

  1pm — Carnivorous Flora of NC:  The fascinating lives of plants that bite with Mike Lowe

  2pm — Breathtaking Shade Gardens:  Textures, forms, foliage, and bloom seasons with Cheryl Kearns

  3pm — Original Plants:  Selecting new cultivars and their introduction to the trade with Pat McCracken

See full lecture details here.

Garden Treasures will be open from April 20 forward through the Spring; then, will re-open for Fall planting. See their website, garden-treasures.com, for hours.

Come and help this new Wendell, NC business celebrate its opening, find plants for your yard, and support local artists, all in one day.

To see more about the Garden Treasures plant breeding program, their sustainable practices, and background, read this previous article.

Pat McCracken of Garden Treasures with his dog, Zenobia, in front of his Magnolia 'Stellar Ruby'. Photo: Kay Whatley
Pat McCracken of Garden Treasures with his dog, Zenobia, in front of his Magnolia ‘Stellar Ruby’. Photo: Kay Whatley

 

Ed. Note: This article was originally published March 8, 2019. Updated w/ vendor change April 14, 2019.

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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.