The Wildflower Bunch kicks off its 2023 season on March 1 at the clubhouse at 10 a.m. with their first guest
speaker and well-known resident gardening expert, Cynthia Hendry, who will be sharing her 36 years of experience
gardening in Big Canoe. She writes the monthly Smoke Signals Mountain Gardening column and is an
advocate for naturalistic design, the use of native plants, and a sustainable, low-maintenance garden.
Her design work has included two show homes for the Georgian Highlands, Big Canoe’s Southern Living
Show Home, three designs for the Street of Dreams at Big Canoe and the Atlanta Magazine Show Home at
Big Canoe. One of her designs won the best of show award for the Street of Dreams.
All WFB members are welcome to this opening event and we encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a
member to join in March.
Future confirmed events include the highly anticipated one-day-only Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, April 15 at
the Wildcat Pavilion from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. The sale serves as a fundraiser for the WFB with ten percent of all
proceeds going toward club projects and initiatives that benefit Big Canoe programs. Vendors include businesses
from around the local area including the following:
Green Trade – a Jasper wholesale nursery providing a variety of favorite trees, shrubs and perennials.
Whispering Springs Nursery – a family-owned retail garden center off of Cove Road, offering landscape design and
installation services showcasing premium annuals, perennials and native shrubs as well as container gardens.
Willow Gate Gardens – a Big Canoe resident Laura McDonald will highlight indoor flowering and foliage plants,
orchids and bromeliads.
Del Vecchio Nursery – a new vendor from Cumming, specializing in a nice selection of Japanese Maple trees
including various varieties and sizes.
Bird Houses by David Call – a Big Canoe resident, will feature handmade birdhouses.
Fern Ridge Farms – a small specialty nursery in northeast Alabama. Owner Eleanor Craig a long-time vendor offers
a selection of amazing ferns.
Later this summer on Aug. 2, Mark Warren, author of Edible Wild Plants of Southern Appalachia will be
discussing his book which will be available for sale after the event.
The exceptional Big Canoe Garden tour is currently being planned and details will be announced soon as
well as other upcoming speakers and events as they are finalized.
The Big Canoe Wildflower Bunch is an active club of gardening enthusiasts who meet monthly to enjoy
knowledgeable experts speaking on a full range of gardening-related topics. In addition, the WFB, hosts and
spearheads many special events, projects, luncheons and field trips to sites and businesses that center
around gardening throughout the year.
The WFB club’s primary objectives include:
Preserving and protecting the integrity of our natural mountain environment and its native flora
Providing educative programs and experiences
Promoting the conservation of our natural resources
Enhancing the beauty of our community
Providing philanthropic gifts to Big Canoe and the area
Funds raised from the Annual Plant Sale and Garden Tour are donated to Big Canoe for beautification projects in
our community. Membership information can be found on our website
https://wildflowerbunch.com/membership. The cost for membership per year is $20 and is open to any Big Canoe
resident throughout the year.
COME GROW WITH US and visit our website, https://wildflowerbunch.com/ or Facebook page for real time
updates and future events.
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