For many, the French Broads’ Merry Christmas Greens Market simply defines Christmas. From decorations to gifts to cookies for Santa, this special event has it all. The Greens Market offers beautiful hand-made wreaths, garlands, and, centerpieces plus fabulous trees for decorating your home. Gifts possibilities abound; from hand-turned wood bowls, to hand-made nutcrackers to beautiful pottery. For holiday entertaining and gift giving, delicious jams, jellies, and homemade bakery goodies are available along with hot cider and coffee in the Bake Shop.
Among the new entries in the sale is our only machine-made piece, the fail-safe Christmas tree holder. Designed and manufactured by Jim Stahl of Asheville, it is called “ The Simple Tree Stand” and its tag line is: “It’s a Cinch to take the Grinch out of Christmas.” If you dread putting your beautiful tree in the stand, making sure it is stable and straight, your angst is over. This thing works! Some of the other vendors include Eva Miller- boxwood wreaths, Evelyn Merrill-jams/jellies, Russell Lyda-fresh greens /branches, Daryl Rhudy’s wooden bowls, Junior Thompson’s Christmas Trees, Ann Grier-dried flower wreaths and décor, French Broad’s collection of photography note cards, and much more.
For 86 years The Merry Christmas Greens Market, held on the first two Saturdays in December, has supplied Yuletide shoppers with exceptional decorations, gifts and foods created by local craftsmen and women. On December 7 and 14, from 9am to 2pm, the Greens Market will be held at the Club’s headquarters and gardens, 1000 Hendersonville Road. Well known as “Clem’s Cabin,” the entrance to the property is located on Deanwood Circle across Hendersonville Rd. from Browntown Road. Parking is available in the Mission Hospital Admin Bldg. lot across Deanwood. For more information and directions, please go to www.fbrgcf.org or call Vinton Murray at 828 335-5981.
*This event is sponsored by the French Broad River Garden Club Foundation whose mission is to support environmental and horticultural education and practices and to promote conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. All proceeds from the sale will go towards local scholarships that support this mission.