• Asheville Outdoor Living Expo - sitting area

    Ready, Set, Grow!

  • Asheville Outdoor Living Expo - gardener

    Ready, Set, Grow!

  • Asheville Outdoor Living Expo - table cutting flowers

    Ready, Set, Grow!

Decks & Patios • Exterior Painting • Firepits • Fireplaces • Furniture • Garden Decor • Grills • Gutters • Ironwork • Landscaping • Outdoor Kitchens • Paint and Stain • Plants • Porches • Pools & Spas • Siding • Skylights • Stonework • Swimming Pools • Water Features • Windows • Yard Art & More!

April 23 & 24, 2016

Join us for this 2-day event focused on landscape design, garden decor and outdoor living products and services. You’ll be inspired by our exhibitor displays, expert speakers and demonstrations.

Save with advance tickets!

Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door.

Eventbrite - Asheville Outdoor Living Expo

Meet Our Exhibitors

Get inspired, discover new ideas and connect with professionals who can help you realize your vision. Meet our Exhibitors

Showcase Your Business

Exhibit at the Asheville Outdoor Living Expo to meet homeowners seeking outdoor home improvement products and services. Request Info

Workshops, Demos and Talks

Saturday, April 23

  • 10 a.m. Doors Open
  • 11 a.m. Flower Garden Design

    Learn the steps required to design a flower garden and how to implement your plan. learn about proper siting, light requirements, irrigation, bed preparation and flower choice.

    Presented by Ralph Lambert, member of the Men’s Garden Club of Asheville.

  • 11 a.m. Exterior Painting: How to Create a Successful Color Plan

    A successful exterior paint color plan comes down to choosing attractive, harmonious colors and using them in the right places. Color selection receives the most attention, but how you use the colors is equally important. In this workshop you’ll learn to analyze your home for better color selection, plus tips for using color to showcase its best features and hide the rest so that it can live up to its potential in value and appeal.

    Presented by Sandy LeRoy, Sterling Property Services.

  • 11 a.m. Monarch Butterflies
  • Noon Make Your Garden a Pollinator Playground

    Gradually replacing your lawn with native plants can really help imperiled bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. We will explore flying a mile on the wings of a pollinator to re-envision your yard. By considering the varied life cycles of pollinators, each of us can choose plants more wisely and make better pest management decisions. A list of easy-to-grow pollinator-friendly plant list will be shared.

    Presented by Phyllis Stiles, Founder & Director of Bee City USA and Bee Campus, national programs based in Asheville, NC. Stiles was named United States Pollinator Advocate for 2015 by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign.

  • Noon The Joy of Herbs

    An informative and entertaining program on easy ways to grow and use herbs in your home every day. Learn how to use herbs to make meals more healthy, enhance taste and reduce salt in cooking. Find out about inexpensive fun ways to make natural, non toxic herb sprays for insect repellents and room freshners from fresh herbs. Growing and preserving herbs is easy, saves money and provides health benefits to your family, your home and your garden. Something for everyone, including non-gardeners and anyone new to the wonderful world of herbs.

    Presented by Penelope Welch. Penelope has 15 years experience growing, preserving and using fresh and dried herb in cooking and the home. She has grown herbs from Texas, to Florida, to Virginia and now the mountains. Her passion for sharing her knowledge provides fellow gardners with new ideas, clever uses of fresh herbs and an enthusiasm to learn more. Penelope is a retired fund raising executive, avid organic gardner and presenter of the Joy of Herbs program.

  • Noon Native Plants/Hopscotch
  • 1 p.m. Container Gardening
  • 1 p.m. Bonsai Primer
  • 1 p.m. Gardening with Children

    Teaching children to garden is one of the most rewarding experiences. You have to make sure the lesson fits the child. Beginning with pre-school there is a wonderful world of flowers and veggies to explore.

    Presented by Nancy Good

  • 2 p.m. Creating Inviting Outdoor Living and Dining Rooms

    Outdoor Living in Western North Carolina is a year round affair. Whether you are celebrating a sunny afternoon with family and friends, or full scale festive entertaining, make sure you’re ready. Through the use of furnishings, architectural features, color, plants and accessories, we’ll discuss what makes an inviting outdoor space and quick ways to jazz up your entertaining game.

    Betsy Edwards Design is a full service architectural interior design firm. Betsy enjoys finding local artisans and resources to inspire new ideas for creating both main residences and vacation retreats. Her resume includes restaurants, hotels, and country clubs. Residences in Nice, France, California, New York, Indiana, Florida, Georgia, and the Carolina’s. Betsy serves on the Executive Committee of The Land of Sky Garden Club.

  • 2 p.m. Hardy Daylilies in the Mountains

    Daylilies can be as stunning as orchids. Not all modern hybrids however, are suitable for our mountain winters. Learn which daylilies you should plant for years of enjoyment! If you’d like to learn more about daylilies the Western North Carolina Daylily club might be just what you’re looking for!

    Robert Selman, owner of  Blue Ridge Daylilies, has been growing and hybridizing daylilies for 25 years. He has registered over 200 cultivars with the American Hemerocallis Society. Find Western North Carolina’s largest selection of premium quality daylilies. Visitors are welcome 7 days a week from the last week in June until the middle of July (peak bloom is 4th of July!).

  • 2 p.m. Challenges and Choices: The Bartlett Book of Garden Elements

    Every beautiful garden, large or small, is a composition of carefully chosen details. The Bartlett Book of Garden Elements offers a guide that is both visual and practical. Over 1,000 photographs, taken by Michael and Rose Bartlett in 24 different countries, accompany a text filled with insights into the history, design and implementation of garden elements. Whether as grand as an allee, humble as a boot scrape, practical as a drain, whimsical as a birdhouse, essential as a staircase or ornamental as a sculpture, all will serve to inspire the reader.

    Rose Bartlett will take us on a pictorial journey through highlights of the book. She will discuss the origins and roots of garden design features while providing practical suggestions for the use and maintenance of these elements in the contemporary garden.

  • 3 p.m. Worming Your Way to Healthy Soil
  • 3 p.m. Pest Control
  • 3 p.m. 10 Tips for Growing Roses in Western North Carolina

    Panelists provide tips answers to questions about growing roses, including planting, pruning and fertilizing.

    Jim Wilson is the recent past president of Asheville-Blue Ridge Rose Society and is a consulting rosarian. John Smith is a member and rosarian with ABRRS and is in charge of the no-spray garden that the Society maintains at the Red Cross in Asheville.

Sunday, April 24

  • 10 a.m. Doors Open
  • 11 a.m. Container Gardening
  • Noon Challenges and Choices: The Bartlett Book of Garden Elements

    Every beautiful garden, large or small, is a composition of carefully chosen details. The Bartlett Book of Garden Elements offers a guide that is both visual and practical. Over 1,000 photographs, taken by Michael and Rose Bartlett in 24 different countries, accompany a text filled with insights into the history, design and implementation of garden elements. Whether as grand as an allee, humble as a boot scrape, practical as a drain, whimsical as a birdhouse, essential as a staircase or ornamental as a sculpture, all will serve to inspire the reader.

    Rose Bartlett will take us on a pictorial journey through highlights of the book. She will discuss the origins and roots of garden design features while providing practical suggestions for the use and maintenance of these elements in the contemporary garden.

  • Noon Gardening with Children
  • Noon Native Plants
  • 1 p.m. Edible Gardens
  • 1 p.m. Exterior Painting: How to Create a Successful Color Plan

    A successful exterior paint color plan comes down to choosing attractive, harmonious colors and using them in the right places. Color selection receives the most attention, but how you use the colors is equally important. In this workshop you’ll learn to analyze your home for better color selection, plus tips for using color to showcase its best features and hide the rest so that it can live up to its potential in value and appeal.

    Presented by Sandy LeRoy,  Sterling Property Services.

  • 2 p.m. Moss — The Biggest “Little” Plant in Today’s Landscapes

    Frustrated with that shady spot where nothing wants to grow? Want to enhance and soften your new hardscape or water feature with an instant sense of antiquity? Nationally-recognized expert Annie Martin shares her passion and expertise on how to successfully integrate mosses into landscape designs. A licensed NC Landscape Contractor and author of The Magical World of Moss Gardening, Mossin’ Annie provides inspiration and insights into appropriate shade and sun species, planting techniques and maintenance methods.

    Annie Martin, owner of Mountain Moss Enterprises in Pisgah Forest, provides consultation services, design advice and turnkey moss landscapes. At her Mossery, she cultivates a unique selection of live shade and sun mosses and offers them to professional landscapers and DIY moss gardeners through her online Moss Shop: www.mountainmoss.com.

  • 2 p.m. Therapeutic Horticulture

    How gardening can be therapeutic, how Therapeutic Horticulture is used at Bullington Gardens and other facilities and adaptations to make gardening more accessible.

    John Murphy is director of Bullington Gardens, a non-profit horticultural education center in Hendersonville. He has a M.S. in horticulture, is a licensed teacher in NC and a registered horticultural therapist. He has worked in a variety of horticultural settings including 4 years in Indonesia.

The Asheville Outdoor Living Expo will take place at the WNC Ag Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher NC
It’s conveniently located between Asheville and Hendersonville

Enjoy Plenty of Free Parking

Saturday, April 23 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, April 24 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Background Image
Outdoor-Living-Logo-White-Back

 

Sponsored by

 

CHG-LOGO-2014-WHITE

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Get in touch