The Bullington Gardens’ mission is to educate and inspire children and adults in horticulture, the natural sciences, and integrated disciplines; to provide hands-on learning opportunities for members of our community. Volunteers find that the students openly express amazement and excitement as they are learning to plant and grow something from seed. A love of horticulture is being developed early.
A variety of programs based on science curriculum standards is offered throughout the year to Henderson County Public School students without charge. These programs take place both at Bullington Gardens and at individual schools and include Plant Explorations, School Vegetable Gardens, Plant Math, Journey North, Invasive Weeds and Wildlife Interactions. Contact them for a flier on programs offered. Other groups are welcome to participate as space is available with a $4/student charge. Throughout the year, many workshops and activities take place to bring all ages into the Gardens.
Bullington Gardens, once the nursery of Bob Bullington, is a public botanical garden on 12 acres of rolling land on Upper Red Oak Trail in Hendersonville. Bob Bullington was a New York City policeman and had a passion for horticulture, which he finally pursued full time after retiring. He moved to Hendersonville with his wife Sally and founded Flora Knoll Farms in 1979. He operated the ornamental nursery until his passing in 1989. After his death, the property became the Bullington Horticultural Learning Center, owned by the Henderson County Education Foundation and leased to Henderson County Public Schools. Bob Bullington’s love of plants and passion for educating people about plants will continue to have a positive impact on the Hendersonville community, and particularly its children, well into the future.
Do plan to attend the plant sale this coming weekend at the Bullington Gardens, where you will see a sweep of azaleas bursting into bloom. At the sale you will be able to find some unusual items, such as Mexican sunflower, an annual that can grow up to 6 ft. or even some Chinese Wild Ginger which will provide textural interest in a partial to full shade garden For further information go to www.bullingtongardens.org or find them on Facebook.