The North Carolina Arboretum's 434-acre campus is nestled along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393 in south Asheville and offers 65 acres of cultivated gardens including the Bonsai Exhibition Garden, 10 miles of forested hiking and biking trails, garden tours, nature activities for families, changing science, art and cultural history exhibits, a cafe and gift shop.
Covered in Color Summer Celebration
From May 25 - September 2, the Arboretum will transform into a canvas full of color and creativity as part of its 2019 Covered in Color celebration. Visitors will experience the broad spectrum of color found in flowers and foliage while learning about color theory and design through floral displays, art, creative landscapes, guided programs and more.
Colorful Asheville Tour - Thursdays & Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | June - August
As part of the Covered in Color celebration, the Arboretum has partnered with Leap Frog Tours and WAXON Studios of West Asheville to offer a special Colorful Asheville tour package. Available Thursdays and Saturdays, June through August, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., guests will experience an inside look into the many colorful creations that make Asheville so unique. The tour package includes a guided color-themed tour of the Arboretum, lunch at Bent Creek Bistro and a personalized dye workshop at WAXON Studios in West Asheville. Tickets for this customized half-day experience are $125 per person and must be purchased online five days in advance by clicking here.
Please call or email for weekend and evening availability.