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Gardening events, workshops, tours in WNC in early Aug.

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BAMBOO WALKING TOURS: 1:30-3 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays through Nov. 12 at Haiku Bamboo Nursery/Farm, 468 Rhodes Mountain Road, Hendersonville. Next tour is Aug. 13. Gates open at 1 p.m. Learn about bamboo plants, characteristics and environment. Wear walking shoes, no sandals. Cameras permitted. Adults $25, seniors $23, ages 13-18 $15, free for younger. To arrange a tour or to learn more, call 828-685-3053. Visit www.haikubamboonursery.net or find the nursery on Facebook.

ALT AND SMOKE DINNER: West Asheville Tailgate Market Supper, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at 718 Haywood Road. Several courses of classic French country cuisine using ingredients sourced from vendors at the market by chefs Josiah McGaughey and Pepijn Van der Geld. $50. Tickets at the market information booth, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

GROWING COLD-HARDY GRAPES IN THE MOUNTAINS: Classes on propagation, planting, training, trellising, pruning and harvesting at Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard in Marshall. All classes are $35 and meet 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays (except as noted) and include provided lunch. Topics include harvesting (Thursday, Aug. 24 and Aug. 26), grape-based products and processing (Thursday, Sept. 28), and winemaking (Thursday, Oct. 5 and again Oct. 7). To get directions or ask questions, contact Chuck at 828-606-3130 or [email protected] Learn more or register online at JeweloftheBlueRidge.com.

WNC FARMERS MARKET

OPEN DAILY: Retail shops open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. every day, Brevard Road at Interstate 40. Hanging baskets, landscaping plants, herbs and bedding plants still available. Fresh produce includes local squash, strawberries, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, bell peppers, potatoes, watermelons, cantaloupes and more. Retail shops also have honey, jams, pickles, cheese, wine, fudge, eggs, handcrafted gifts, glazed nuts and other items, Check out the sandwiches and home-churned ice cream at the deli and everything you need for spring and summer gardening at Jesse Israel and Sons Garden Center, including seeds, plants, yard art, pots and more. The Moose Cafe is open daily. Learn more at wncfarmersmarket.org and on Facebook.

Ongoing events from Buncombe County Extension master gardener volunteers:

• BACKYARD COMPOST DEMO: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., second and fourth Saturday of each month, beside Jesse Israel’s Garden Center.

BUNCOMBE TAILGATE MARKETS

For exact locations and other details, visit appalchiangrown.org.

• Black Mountain Tailgate Market: 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays.

• East Asheville Tailgate Market: 3-6 p.m. Fridays.

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