The Park That Asheville Forgot: Workday August 18

From the Bountiful Cities newsletter:

Edible Park Workday

Saturday Aug 18th from 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

8:00 AM- Bud grafting demo given by Professor T. Bud Barkslip

(Come early when it’s cool and then go to the FBFC Farmer’s market!)

Please come out to help tidy up the park. The park is in need of love!

Though this summer’s drought conditions have kept a lot of vegetation at bay, kudzu, bermuda grass and knotweed still abound and threaten the fruit trees. Summer revelers have also left their messages in bottles throughout.

Professor Barkslip will be demonstrating bud grafting techniques, as well as talking about propagation strategies in the park. His knowledge will be available to participants on how to expand the diversity of fruits in their own yards, schools, neighborhoods, and towns!

Please bring gloves, water, machetes, weed eaters, pruners, and a friend.



Join the Bountiful Cities announcement list below to get info about community workdays for all of Asheville’s Bountiful Cities gardens (there are a few, and only Carver seems to have been allowed to go to pot):

For further information about volunteering, send email to


My post about the George Washington Carver Edible Park drew some attention from other Asheville bloggers. Big thanks to Screwy, AsheVillein and BlogAsheville for helping spread the word about the park and what’s happened to it.

The other volunteers who helped out in the park that day were horticulturist Allen Bergal and the mighty Mo Franceschi, Bountiful Cities Project intern and tireless volunteer.

There’s still plenty of work yet to be done in the Edible Park.

There’s tons of kudzu (don’t forget it can grow a foot a day), McDonald’s wrappers, cigarette butts and graffiti on the boardwalk and on the benches. There’s three flights of stairs carpeted in broken glass that crunches underfoot with every step you take. Not only does this park need basic maintenance (pruning, weedwhacking, kudzu control), it needs cleanup — graffiti removed and beer bottles picked up.

But what it really needs is its city to remember it again.


Volunteers can clean up, but only the people of Asheville can reclaim the Edible Park.

Volunteer if you can, and if you can’t, come by and visit. That’s what the park is there for. There’s tomatoes, mulberries and probably ripe figs by now, all ripe, local, delicious and organic as anything you’d get at the co-op.

And they’re free.

The George Washington Carver Edible Park is located near the Stephens-Lee Center off of South Charlotte Street on Max St. near downtown Asheville. Call the center at 350-2058 for directions. To get to the park from the Stephens-Lee Center, just park by the dumpster and walk down the path by the basketball court.

I’m really bummed to say that I can’t be at this workday as I’ll be out of town. The glass on those stairs haunts me still.

I really want that park to be a place where kids can play. I plan to be at every last workday I possibly can.

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