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Celebrate Earth Day: Wildflower Hike, Heirloom Apple Starts and Garden Day

20 Apr 2013

Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 20th at Hickory Nut Forest from 10am – 5pm. Join a wildflower hike through one of the best wildflower areas in the county, start your very own heirloom apple tree, and bring a dish to share in a potluck picnic in the orchard. There will also be an opportunity to get your hands dirty in the community garden and help create a peace path.

Hickory Nut Forest is located on the slopes of Little Bearwallow Mountain, an abundant forest designated by biologists as a “Significant Natural Area” due to its rich diversity. The free wildflower hike will start at 10:00 am and will include wildflowers, cliffs, waterfalls and scenic vistas.

After admiring the beauty of the spring forest, participants will gather in the community garden at noon for a potluck picnic. Everyone is invited to bring tools and enjoy a little gardening in the community garden started by Wwoofers four years ago. “Every year the garden serves a bigger community and every year we learn a little more about how to grow it well,” says Jane Lawson, co-founder of the eco-community.

The day will conclude with a chance to start an heirloom apple tree. Apple Trees are not grown from seeds but from cuttings taken from existing trees. “By creating starts, you can bring heirloom apples to your own backyard,” continues Jane. The starts will be taken from trees in the organic orchard and include Golden and Red Delicious, Winesap, and Rome varieties.

Bring your garden tools and kids, but please leave dogs at home.

Hickory Nut Forest, located in Gerton, NC is an eco-community that treats everyday like Earth Day. They combine land conservation, green-built homes, organic gardening, and renewable energy to create a more sustainable way of life. Walking their talk, they are working on becoming a “net zero energy community,” where they create more energy than they use through renewable sources like solar, micro-hydro, and wind. They have also set aside 200 acres of wild forest with miles of hiking trails, part of a much bigger conservation effort in Hickory Nut Gorge.

For more information visit or contact Jane Lawson at 828-625-4780 For more information on Hickory Nut Forest, go to