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2023 Field Trips

Every year our Field Trip Coordinator arranges a variety of field trips for all members in the club with some open to guests.

Members of the club are welcome to and encouraged to arrange an additional field trips. These field trips are arranged at the member's discretion and may be anything from a car full of folks carpooling to a nursery ro an opportunity that is open to the public.

Lynda Steele, Field Trip Coordinator

NC Rhododendron Craft Fair
Saturday, June 17

What:    NC Rhododendron Craft Fair

Where:  Bakersville, NC

When:   Saturday, June 17, 10 am – 5 pm

Details:  The fair features regional artists, food vendors and live music.

Gathering info:  We will be leaving at 9 am at Rumple parking lot and car-pooling from there. Drive time will be approximately 1.15 hours. Plan on several hours to enjoy the festivities. We will be returning mid-afternoon to Blowing Rock.

Sign up:  Available at the June 7 meeting of the club at the American Legion Hall.


More details:


Contact Lynda Steele

Cell:  239-292-2910


Blueberry Picking at Old Orchard Creek Farm
Friday, July 14 

For Members and guests

Cost:  The u-pick price is $10 per gallon.

Old Orchard Creek is a historic Appalachian mountain farm in Lansing, NC, raising blueberries using sustainable farming practices. Tea, pastries and unique gifts from local artisans available at the General Store.  


Transportation:  Friday, July 14, 9 am.  Meet at the Rumple parking lot to car pool.  Arrival at orchard around 10:15 a.m.


Destination:  Old Orchard Creek, 410 Swansie Shepard Rd, Lansing, NC


Contact:   (336) 384-9350

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Arborcrest Gardens - Private Tour

Friday, August 18

Open to:  Members only. 

Maximum 14 members to ride in golf cart. Walkers welcome.

Cost:  FREE!

Arborcrest Gardens is a private and gated 25-acre ornamental plant evaluation garden located in Boone, NC. They grow and evaluate over 14,000 varieties of flowers, shrubs, and trees.​


Transportation:  Friday, August 18, 10a.m.  Members carpool to location.  Parking is limited.​

Destination:  174 Evergreen Lane, Boone, NC



Lynda Steele at 239-292-2910 to reserve your spot to ride in cart. 

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Apple Cider Making, Music and Plant Exchange
Sunday, October 1

12:00- 4:00pm

For Members and guests

Cost:  none...consider donation for musician

We will pick and clean apples together and then toss them into the grinder to make fresh apple cider. We will also be exchanging plants for the fall season and musician, John Petersen, will provide the musical backdrop. Please bring:

  • A clean container like a quart or gallon jug to take home.

  • Food or snacks to share. 

  • Plants to share and take home new ones

Transportation: y'all come!

Destination: Steele Apple Orchard, App Ski Mountain, off Edmiston, call for directions.

Website: N/A

Contact: Lynda Steele 239.292.2910

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