United States of America, North Carolina, Buncombe County, Asheville
Crowfields Community Gardens (Asheville, North Carolina)
In 1971, Judge Zeb Nettles and his wife sold their property, "Crowfields," in south Asheville to Beverly-Grant, Inc. Beverly-Grant, Inc. began their project to build a condominium complex for "empty nesters" and retired people in North Carolina. Rhododendron and azaleas were planted around the condominium clusters. The company added three willow trees at the entrance in 1972.
The community garden arose from a grassy field in a flood plain that was not suitable for building. Thirty-five plots on the Crowfields Condominiums Association grounds are planted and cared for by individual owners. Individual plots of approximately 500 square feet are planted with various vegetables and flowers by residents, which change every year. The gazebo, bird house, and produce stand were either made by or purchased by the gardeners.
Persons associated with the garden include: Zebulon Nettles (former owner, 1930? -1971; Beverly-Grant, Inc. (former owner, 1971-1984); George Beverly (former co-owner, 1971-1984); Bob Grant (former co-owner, 1971-1984); Larry Traber (architect, 1971); Wayne Coulter (landscape architect for Beverly-Grant, Inc., 1971); and Crowfields Condominium Association (community garden, 1984).
The folder includes a worksheet, map of Crowfields Condominiums, garden plot assignments, and history of Crowfields.