Winter in Bloom
N.C. Arboretum begins celebrating its silver anniversary in February
James Farmer, author of A Time to Plant
The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville is 434 acres of native abundance that stays open 365 days a year. So when there's a silver-anniversary year to be celebrated, waiting till spring just seems unnatural. Kicking off its 25th season, the venue hosts "Books & Boots" on Feb. 18 and 19. Guided hikes and kids' programs will prove there's plenty of life in these mountains all year long. Back inside, a bouquet of regional authors will hand off their secrets. High points: James Farmer of Atlanta, author of A Time to Plant, will present "Floral Design Cut From the Winter Garden." And Patricia Moore-Pastides, the First Lady of the University of South Carolina, will be whipping up recipes from her recent book, Greek Revival: Cooking for Life, which emphasizes the use of seasonal produce.
Books & Boots is free with standard parking admission. See www.ncarboretum.org for more information.