The Dr. John Wilson Community Garden serves as a multi-purpose resource in the community of Black Mountain. It provides education to people of all ages on a variety of subjects - from pruning fruit trees and composting to food preservation. In addition to 70 rental plots that donate 10% of their space and produce, the garden also grows and donates over 4,000 pounds of vegetables and fruit every year to local food pantries and kitchens from communal garden space that is tended by volunteers. The garden is supported by donated mulch and fertilizer, a large composting program, rain collection, and organic gardening practices.
In addition to typical vegetables and produce, the garden features native edibles and endangered native species. A one quarter acre permaculture site features perennial plantings of many complimentary fruits and plants like figs and berries, as will as a Native Plant Trail that features medicinal and endangered native species. The plant trail is on the national registry of Botanical Plant Sanctuaries, and the garden is a Certified North Carolina Native Plant Garden. The site has over 100 trees that will benefit the community for decades, including nuts like pecan and hazelnut to fruits like persimmon, pear, pawpaw, apple, and more. The garden has 1.25 acres in active production, with an additional 3.75 acres that includes a meadow and many of these trees.
The garden is also a great place to walk, run, or bike thanks to the Garden Greenway Trail which circles the garden and connects into the greater Black Mountain Greenway Trail system.
Come for a visit. Weekly volunteer hours change throughout the year and are posted on our website, and groups may schedule volunteer times in addition to these hours.
Community Garden Manager
Phone: (828) 669-2052
Cell: (828) 337-8932
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Farm Tourism & Events
farm tours, educational programs for school children, festival, celebrations
fresh flowers, edible flowers
Fruits & Berries
apples, asian pears, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, figs, grapes, persimmons, plums, strawberries, raspberries, elderberries, muscadines
medicinal herbs, plants, salves, compost, manure
arugula, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chinese greens, collards, cucumber, daikon, fava beans, garlic, green beans, hot peppers, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, nettles, onions, peas, potatoes, radish, salad greens, salad mix, spinach, sun chokes, sweet peppers, sweet potato, swiss chard, tomatillos, tomatoes, turnips, summer squash, pumpkins, winter squash, rhubarb
Volunteers are able to help harvest fruits and vegetables, and take some home in gratitude for their time and effort.
Introductory tours of the garden are available for young children through aged adults. Guided volunteer opportunities for company work days, mission trips, youth groups, and other groups. Individual volunteer labor in exchange for fresh vegetables. Field trips and work trips for students of all ages (preschool through graduate school).
Organic (not Certified), Low Spray, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Biodynamic, Wild Harvested, Permaculture