Monday, February 15, 2021

Spring plant shows in 2021 at M R Gardens

This spring, M R Gardens’ sustainable plant nursery in the Oakley community of Asheville opens to the public for plant shows on select Thursdays to Sundays:


April 1 to 4;


April 15 to 18;


May 13 to 16;


June 3 to 6.


The nursery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find us at 441 Onteora Blvd., Asheville.

M R Gardens' passive solar greenhouse.
Photos on this page by Vickie Burick

We’re a community-oriented business, and we appreciate how our plant shows are a chance for neighbors to connect with each other. The event is typically outdoors with only a few people in attendance at a time, and our customers are thoughtful about wearing face coverings.


M R Gardens offers native wildflowers, other plants that are beneficial for the garden, medicinal and culinary herbs, and vegetable starts. Plants are grown on a small scale, so they are high quality as they are given individual attention. We strive for as sustainable as possible, which means not only growing organically but also using nearly all renewable resources and reusing nonrenewable resources.


Customers can also reserve their plants at an online store or via email, and pick them up at the nursery at a pre-arranged time. See or contact or 828.333.4151.



We expect to have the following plants at the shows once they are ready for planting.

Native Perennials

Asters (Aromatic, Calico, Maryland Golden and Smooth Blue varieties), Bee Balm (Bradbury, Scarlet, Spotted, and Wild Bergamot varieties), Blazing Star (i.e. Liatris), Blue and Cream Wild Indigo, Black Eyed Susan (Goldsturm or Bicolor varieties), Boneset, Butterfly Weed, Carolina Bush Pea, Columbine, Coreopsis (Lance-leaf variety), Creeping Phlox, Culver's Root, Cup Plant, Downy Wood Mint, Golden Alexander (including a Heart-leaved variety), Great Blue Lobelia, Harebell, Hoary Vervain, Hyssop (Anise, Yellow Giant and Purple Giant varieties), Ironweed, Jacob’s Ladder, Little Bluestem, Mistflower, Mountain Mint (Slender and Virginia varieties), Ox-Eye Sunflower (i.e. Heliopsis), Rattlesnake Master, Rosin Weed (as well as a local Whorled variety), Sochan, Showy Goldenrod, Starry Campion, Sweet Joe Pye, Switch Grass, Violets (Common), White Doll’s Daisy, and Wild Strawberry.



Ashwagandha, Basil (Genovese, Cinnamon and Thai varieties), Calendula, California Poppy, Catmint, Feverfew, Lavender, Marjoram, Marshmallow, Nasturtium, Official Hyssop (Purple and White), Parsley, and Tulsi.


Groundcovers and other flowers

Ajuga, Alyssum, Creeping Thyme, Dragon's Blood Sedum, Hairy Golden Aster, Roman Chamomile, Snow in Summer


Read here about our vegetable starts — it’s best to pre-order them ahead of the season, but we may have extras at the shows.

M R Gardens grows in a passive solar greenhouse so that no heat is needed in winter other than solar gain, and it is cooled with manual vents eliminating the need for exhaust fans. The nursery also uses potting mixes made with byproducts of other manufacturing processes, limiting the use of peat. Ask about our tours.
Megan Riley, owner of M R Gardens