The North Carolina Arboretum (Asheville, NC) by Ken Lane Via Flickr: The North Carolina Arboretum (434 acres) is an arboretum and botanical garden located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, southwest of Asheville, North Carolina near the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is open daily except for Christmas Day. There is no admission charge, but some parking fees do apply.
Although the idea for the arboretum stretches back to landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in 1898, who wished to create an arboretum at the nearby Biltmore Estate, today’s arboretum was established by the General Assembly relatively recently, in 1986, as a facility of the University of North Carolina. In 1989 the site was officially designated the North Carolina Arboretum.
The arboretum is still under active development. It includes many hiking and bicycling trails, a bonsai collection, a holly garden, a stream garden, etc., as described below. Its tree collection includes a fine set of Metasequoias planted in 1950, and now said to be the tallest in the south (over 100 feet (30 m) in height).
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I was walking behind these two sweet little old ladies in Asheville, North Carolina, and we passed this window display with two mannequins whose pants legs were twisted around in an attempt to be quirky and fashionable and I clearly overheard one little old lady say to her friend “it looks like those mannequins need to take a piss in the WORST WAY!” and her friend nodded and added “I bet mannequins piss like fucking racehorses!” and I started cracking up so hard I almost missed hearing the first little old lady say “oh listen, Ethel! That young lady behind us thinks we’re funny!”
On Friday, a federal judge struck down North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban, paving the way for marriage equality in the state. The previous day the Asheville City Hall hung a two-story rainbow flag on the side of the building in anticipation of the historic ruling that has now advanced civil rights. The city council unanimously approved of flying the flag and the mayor had no problem with…