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Come Celebrate with Us as We Hold our 27th Annual Festival!


The WNC Chapter of the NC Herb Association will host its 27th ANNUAL SPRING HERB FESTIVAL April 29 & 30 and May 1, 201, at the WNC Farmers Market on Brevard Road in Asheville. Don’t miss it! We open at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

This year the Herb Society of America will hold its annual national convention in Asheville during our Festival Weekend. Scores of herb lovers from around the United States will be at the Doubletree Hotel in Biltmore (with overflow at other hotels).

The Herb Association represents the great variety of herb growers, herbalists, and related herb businesses in North Carolina, as well as natural gardening and landscaping specialists and makers of herbal ointments, balms, soaps, teas, sauces, and medicines. We’ve long known it’s the greatest herb festival in the southeast, but according to HSA research, it’s probably the biggest festival dedicated to herbs in the U.S. and Canada! So don’t miss it!

“If It’s Herbs, It’s Here.”

As always, herbs are the centerpiece of the festival. Our vendors include specialists in medicinal and culinary herbs, native North Carolina herbs, irises, and other healing plants, and numerous heirloom vegetables to go with herbs. We also have providers of herbal medicine, holistic treatments, herbal soaps and shampoos, gourmet cooking herbs, cookbooks, or organic gardening information, organic mood enhancement you’ll find the products you need, as well as herb experts and horticulture professionals from across the region.

Drought-tolerant planting

In part because of changes in global climate patterns, the availability of sufficient water has been irregular in recent years. In Western North Carolina, rainfall can be abundant one year and almost nonexistent another. Some years have early, heavy rainfall, others are dry until mid-summer. But many popular herbs, having developed around the Mediterranean, are drought-tolerant, and experienced gardeners know that xeriscaping with drought-tolerant herbs and using captured rainwater is always a wise budgetary move as well as ecologically important. As always, Master Gardeners from the Buncombe County Extension Service will be on hand during the festival to answer gardening questions.

Together with the Western North Carolina Farmers Market (operated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture), the Asheville Herb Festival has increased the public’s knowledge and love of herbs and herbal products for two decades. Our 27th annual festival will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 29, 30 and May 1, 2016, at the WNC Farmers Market in Asheville, offering by far the best selection of herb plants in the southeast. Visit the directory page of our website to learn more about this year’s vendors. These dedicated herb specialists can be contacted at any time by consumers who wish to purchase their products.

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Asheville Herb Festival
PO Box 1427
Candler, NC 28715
A. D. Reed at 828-301-8968