French Broad River Garden Club Foundation Gardens 1953-1999
Ogden, Doan R.
Ruland, Julia M.
Dean, S. C.
Hess, E. A. Mr. Mrs.
Coston, J. A. Mr. Mrs.
Godfrey, Charles E., Jr.
Griffin, Robert S.
French Broad River Garden Club Foundation, Inc.
1 folder+ 8 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, North Carolina, Buncombe County, Asheville
French Broad River Garden Club Foundation Gardens (Asheville, North Carolina)
The French Broad River Garden Club sponsored a project to help women with limited incomes conserve and utilize native plant materials to create and market Christmas decorations. Because of its charitable and educational activities, the Club won "foundation" status. Land was purchased in 1958, and an old log cabin was re-erected on the property to house this expanding industry. A small log cabin was added to the property in 1960. A tool shed and green house were added in 1965 and 1967; and a large log cabin was added as a meeting space in 1971. In 1990, the gardens were torn up and re designed and the buildings were moved because the adjacent highway was widened. "Theme" herb gardens were created by club members as a part of this new design. Themes include medicinal, Biblical, fragrance, industrial and dye garden, and Cherokee. The gardens are maintained in a cooperative effort by the club members.They are now used to share ideas and techniques for gardening as well as to demonstrate the many uses of plants. The gardens continue to support the Foundation in its endeavor charitable contributions through sales of plants and plant material.
Persons and organizations associated with the site include: Julia M. Ruland (former owner, ? to 1910); E. A. Hess and wife (former owners, 1910-1956); J. A. Coston and wife (former owners, 1956-1958); S. C. Dean (former owner, May 1958-August 1958); French Broad River Garden Club Foundation, Inc. (present owners, 1958-present); Doan Ogden (landscape architect, 1959); Charles Godfrey, Jr., ASLA (garden designer, 1991); Kirk Alexander (planter of foundation plantings, 1992); Alex Towe (boxwood horticulturist, 1991); and Robert Griffin, AIA (designer, 1990).
The folder includes a work sheet, site plans, landscape plan, plan list, and brochures.