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Wicked Plants: The Exhibit Returns to The N.C. Arboretum

Wicked Plants Exhibit NC Arboretum

Plants: They can be beautiful. They can be beneficial. But did you know they can also be deadly?

After five years of traveling around the U.S., the dangerous world of Wicked Plants: The Exhibit, a one-of-a-kind experience designed and created by The North Carolina Arboretum, returns to Asheville. The fun, safe and educational way to explore some of nature’s most toxic flora will be on display at the Arboretum’s Baker Exhibit Center from Sept. 20-Jan. 7, 2018.

See Plants in a Whole New Light

Wicked Plants Exhibit NC ArboretumThe Wicked Plants exhibit provides a comprehensive overview that teaches about botany, health care and wellness in an entertaining, unique setting. Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best-selling book “Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities,” Wicked Plants features interactive displays in a Victorian-era “home,” where visitors can travel from room to room to learn about various poisonous plants that may be lurking in the most unexpected places: their homes and backyards.

The Wicked Plants exhibit – sponsored in part by Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty – touches on a side of vegetation that’s rarely revealed. Visitors can feel like they’re part of a crime scene investigation in the potions laboratory; they can experience sniffing stations in the bathroom; and they can take a walk through a simulated graveyard featuring some of the most common deadly and toxic plants around.

Creepy but Cool

Wicked Plants Exhibit NC ArboretumSince the exhibit first opened at the Arboretum in 2012, it has gained fans beyond the Asheville area, traveling to museums and science centers across the country including the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Springs Preserve Museum in Las Vegas. Designed to feel a bit creepy, Wicked Plants creates an environment particularly engaging to children, making it easy for families to learn about bloodcurdling botany together.

Beyond its standard daytime exhibit hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wicked Plants will offer special extended hours during the Arboretum’s fourth annual Winter Lights nightly holiday light show (Nov. 17–Dec. 31) for all Winter Lights ticket holders. For more information on Wicked Plants, please visit www.ncarboretum.org. Exhibit admission to Wicked Plants is free; standard Arboretum parking fees ($14 per standard vehicle for non-members) apply.

In conjunction with the exhibit’s return, the Arboretum will host a special reading and book signing by Amy Stewart on Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Arboretum’s Education Center. Tickets are $10 for Arboretum members and $12 for non-members and must be purchased in advance at ncarboretum.org. Parking is included in the ticket price.

The North Carolina Arboretum is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. From I-26, take Exit 33 and follow Blue Ridge Parkway signs for 2 miles to the entrance ramp.

For more information on living in our area or on Asheville real estate, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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Volunteer Opportunities Abound in Asheville

Asheville Volunteer Opportunities

The spirit of helping, sparked during the holidays, can continue throughout the year, thanks to the myriad volunteer options available around Asheville. Below, a few ways to help those less fortunate in our community:

Homeward Bound

The local chapter of Homeward Bound, which aims to end homelessness by providing much-needed services to people transitioning into a home, has many volunteer opportunities. AHOPE Day Center volunteers assist people experiencing homelessness while they wait for housing by handing out towels and toiletries for showers, and checking mail and phone messages, all in an environment of kindness. Volunteers can also help at the Welcome Home Donation Center, which provides basic furniture and household goods to help clients’ new housing feel like home.

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity AshevilleDedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes, Habitat for Humanity offers volunteers a variety of ways to help. No prior experience is needed to aid in building or repairing homes. Volunteers can also lend a hand at ReStore, a retail store that sells donated home goods and building supplies at affordable prices to the general public.

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County is a nonprofit organization that teaches basic reading, writing and English language skills to adults and children through individual and small-group instruction. Tutors complete orientation sessions and training, and commit to working with their students for a designated period of time.

Animal Lovers

Asheville Area Pet SheltersThere are plenty of ways to help animals in Buncombe County through organizations like Asheville Humane Society and Brother Wolf. Volunteers do everything from providing socialization and companionship to adoption-center animals to manning the front desk and assisting with daily cleaning.

Asheville City Schools Foundation

Asheville City Schools Foundation, which works to create strong public schools and break the cycle of poverty, has a need for volunteers to tutor and mentor students K-12. Volunteers can also lend their expertise to tutor Asheville High School/SILSA students in all subjects, but especially math.

The Council on Aging of Buncombe County

A nonprofit that provides services to those 60 and older, The Council on Aging of Buncombe County offers a volunteer transportation program that provides rides to seniors who can no longer drive. It also has a need for volunteers to help in its Adopt-A-Lawn service.

RiverLink

RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed as a place to live, learn, work and play. Volunteers can help with river cleanups, invasive plant removal, environmental education, special events, administrative tasks, park construction and more.

MANNA FoodBank

Hunger-relief organization MANNA FoodBank provides food to more than 347 member agencies throughout Western North Carolina. There’s a need for drivers, distribution assistants and warehouse volunteers.

For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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