Pearson's Falls is a 267-acre tract of land that the Tryon Garden Club of Tryon, NC, rescued from development in 1931. The falls were discovered by Charles William Pearson, a young engineer searching for a route for the Southern Railway in 1876. He purchased the land and it remained in the Pearson family until it was bought by the Tryon Garden Club. It is maintained today by a caretaker and volunteers from the club. Within the tract a wild flower garden and preserve are maintained. It is located in an unusual climatic area in the Blue Ridge Mountains called the "Isothermal Belt," where the winters are lighter and the summers longer, providing unusual growth possibilities. Located on Colt Creek just before it joins the Pacolet River, the garden preserve has over 200 species of wild flowers growing in the granite rocks and loamy soil along the creek. The garden walk follows the creek up to the 90-foot falls. There are blooms except in deepest snow. The property, which is open to the public for a small fee, is truly one of the gems of preservation of a natural garden and provides significant opportunities for study and wild flower identification.
Persons and organizations associated with the site include: Charles William Pearson (former owner, 1876-1903); Giles Pearson (former owner, 1903-1931); Donald Culross Peattie (naturalist and author); Oliver M. Freeman (botanist); and the Tryon Garden Club (owners and gardeners, 1931 to date).
The folder includes a worksheet with additional information about individuals associated with the garden, site plans, a copy of Donald Culross Peattie's booklet about the site, and copies of brochures and newspaper articles.
Garden has been featured in Donald Culross Peattie, Pearson's Falls Glen: Its Story, Its Flora, Its Birds, 4th edition (Tryon, NC: Tryon Garden Club, 1999), 48 pp