Save the Hemlocks: An Educational Presentation, Thursday 3/25/2017 

Come join the Hemlock Restoration Initiative for what promises to be a fascinating educational presentation hosted by our friends, the Master Gardeners of Haywood County  on Thursday March 23rd, 2017  from 5:00- approximately 6:30pm at the Offices of Haywood County North Carolina Cooperative Extension, 589 Racoon Rd. Waynesville.

From 5:00-6:00 Margot Wallston and Sara deFosset will be talking about the goals and objectives of the Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI), the impact of the non-native invasive hemlock woolly adelgid, and what is being done locally and regionally to restore health and vitality to our hemlock populations and the ecosystems they impact.

There will be time for questions and discussion from 6:00-6:30. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your inquiring minds and get ready to be informed about the state of hemlocks in North Carolina and how you can get involved in conserving these majestic trees.


Spring Garden Symposium and Fair Presented by Transylvania County Master Gardeners, Saturday 3/18/2017:

HRI on Display

Despite the recent turn in the weather, spring is almost here! Longer days mean more time to explore what the natural world has to offer for our gardens and our forests.

We invite you to visit the Transylvania County Spring Garden Symposium and Fair on Saturday March 18th from 9:00am- 12:30 pm at the Transylvania County Library (located at 212 S. Gaston St. in Brevard, NC) where the Hemlock Restoration Initiative will be on display and on hand to answer questions and talk about how you can get involved in hemlock conservation at your home and on our public lands.

We will be joined by a number of exciting speakers and presenters including Bart Renner, Transylvania County Cooperative Extension Director, who will be talking about worm composting, Deb Good of Floyd’s Nursery who will educate us on underused landscape plants, and many others.

You can find more information about the event, including presentation times, on the Transylvania County Cooperative Extension Services Website:

We hope to see you there and look forward to helping you breathe new life into your trees and landscapes!


Spring Volunteer Opportunities with the Forest Restoration Alliance and the HRI: Friday 3/31/17

Back by popular demand, spring opportunities to volunteer with the HRI and our partner the Forest Restoration Alliance have now been scheduled!

More information about the exciting work of the FRA can be found on their website at:

We hope you will join us for our first volunteer workday of the spring season where we will be working with the Forest Restoration Alliance at their research site housed at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, NC.

This workday will take place on Friday March 31st 2017 at the Mountain Research Station located at 265 Test Farm Road in Waynesville, NC 28786-4016. Volunteers will meet at the site at 10am and work until approximately 4pm.

This will be a horticulturally focused workday with volunteers touring the research facility, learning about the FRA’s selection and breeding program and participating in transplanting projects or other light gardening tasks. No insecticides will be involved!

Volunteers should wear gardening clothes (something you don’t mind getting a bit dirty), wear sturdy shoes and bring a lunch and work gloves (if you have them).

If you think you’d like to attend or for more information please contact Sara at If you’d like to participate but can’t attend this day don’t worry! We are currently working to schedule more of these popular volunteer workdays with the FRA for later in the spring. 

If you are interested in attending any upcoming workdays with the HRI and FRA please let Sara know ( so that we can make sure to schedule days that make it possible for everyone to participate in this fascinating research.

RSVP required