Bullington Gardens is a local treasure, not far from our home. With the raffle of the Sunset Dahlia quilt that I quilted for them coming up, I thought you’d like to have a virtual visit to the public botanical garden on 12 acres that the fundraiser is for. These photos were taken some time ago, I’ve just not shared them on the blog before now. Bullington Gardens owned and managed by a partnership of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension & Henderson County Public Schools, along with a lot of volunteers.
The mission of the garden is “To connect children and adults with the natural world through science-based horticultural education; to demonstrate the beauty and value of native and ornamental plants through themed public gardens; and to enhance life skills for children and adults with physical or mental challenges through horticultural therapy”.
The property is divided into a number of themed areas. This Therapy Garden is specifically designed for those with limited mobility, incorporating raised beds and a greenhouse.
It is a lovely area to walk around.
Beautiful annuals are planted every year.
It also has a lovely pond in this section.
A large pavilion provides shade for a leisurely lunch or meeting.
Nice walking paths lead the visitor to more gardens. This one had a beautiful clematis in bloom when I was there.
Gorgeous, isn’t it?
From the Bullington website – “Bob Bullington who was a NY City policeman had a true passion for horticulture which he finally pursued full time after retiring when he moved to Hendersonville with his wife Sally and founded Flora Knoll Farms in 1979. He operated the ornamental nursery until his passing in 1989. He had a vision for introducing new and unusual plants in to the nursery trade that included native azaleas, new varieties of mountain laurel and trees from Asia, mature examples of which can be found in the gardens such as a variety of Japanese maples, Tanyosho Japanese red pine, kousa dogwoods, Japanese stewartia, paper bark maple and Japanese pagoda tree. Other specimen plants include a Sargeant’s weeping hemlock, double flowering dogwood, big leaf magnolia and yellowwood.”
A wooden arch leads to the nature trail, a walking path through the forest. It is 1/2-mile long, leading past old growth rhododendrons, azaleas and native forest trees, ending at the Reflection Garden.
It was shady and all green when I was there in the summer.
Leading to the Pollinator Gardens, this fun display shows a caterpillar as you walk towards it…
and changes to a butterfly as you walk away.
There are several garden areas with native perennials.
Lots of pollinators were taking advantage as I took photos. Bees and butterflies were enjoying the floral bounty.
Another display shows a pollinator as you approached…
and fruit as you walked by, demonstrating in a visual way how our food production is tied to our pollinators.
A stand of lavender blooms alongside the brick path.
Soft pink flowers covered this shrub. I think this is another clematis.
Large pink hydrangeas were also in bloom on this visit. Bullington has 12 separate gardens and facilities including a rain garden of wetland plants, an herb garden, shade garden, and their summertime Fairy Trail, a walking trail with little fairy villages and tiny homes dotted into the landscape.
Bullington is known for its Dahlia Gardens with over 400 dahlia plants!
Hundreds of different varieties bloom at different times.
This pink one was stunning in its form and brilliant color. Is is no wonder that their main fundraiser of the year is called Dahlia Days. Unfortunately, that had to be canceled this year.
It made the choice of a quilt for them easy, with the Dahlia panel. This quilt has been hanging at Beginnings for a month, and will be taken down this coming week to delivered to Bullington so they have it for the drawing. Ticket sales for quilt raffle end Sept 30, and the drawing will be held on October 2. You can purchase tickets online at Bullington Raffle Tickets. See more photos of the Sunset Dahlia wall hanging quilt on my Sunset Dahlia Quilt for Bullington Gardens page.
Did you enjoy our virtual garden walk?