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Tryon Garden Club

About Tryon Garden Club

who we are

Tryon Garden Club's History

Since 1928, the Tryon Garden Club members have been dedicated to the advancement of gardening and the protection of wildflowers, birds and wildlife.  Today, we are a vibrant group of individuals, coming from all walks of life and experiences.  We are united by a common interest in contributing to our magnificent natural world.  Whether in our gardens or at Pearson’s Falls and Glen, we are fulfilling the Club’s mission – to protect, beautify and educate. In 2018, the Club celebrated its 90th Anniversary.


The Club is active in three general areas:

  • Preserving and protecting Pearson’s Falls and Glen and making it available for public enjoyment

  • Civic beautification including the Tryon Depot Garden

  • Education of our members and the community at-large

Upcoming Public Programs

February: Butterflies of the Carolinas

Dr. David Ahrenholz, a trauma/burn surgeon and lepidopterist, knew he wanted to be a butterfly expert in the third grade. In high school, he purchased a single-lens camera to share butterfly photos because “people didn’t seem too interested in my specimens.” Since then he has traveled widely, including to South America, collecting specimens and photographing butterflies. Dr. Ahrenholz has filled Smithsonian-loaned specimen storage cases with 14,000 specimens that will eventually be in their permanent collection. Now we can have a close-up look at butterflies right here in the Carolinas!

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Speaker: David Ahrenholz

Program: Carolina Butterflies

Place: FENCE

Time: 1:00 Members 1:45 public invited

Our Mission

Our mission also includes collaborating with others. We are active in our local community, supporting local businesses and non-profits who share common goals. These include:



Pearson’s Falls and Glen is noted as a Blue Ridge Natural Heritage Site, a North Carolina Birding Trail Site, and is included in the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens.

Community Grant Funds


In 2022, the Tryon Garden Club established a grant fund focused on 1). beautification within our Polk County community, and 2). education of our natural world. To learn more about how your organization can request funds, contact our committee chair at

Join Us!


Whether you live in Tryon, Columbus, Saluda, Landrum, Flat Rock or farther afield, we warmly welcome new members to the Club. For further information, contact Jackie Weedon at weedon@windstream.netClick below to Download Membership Application.

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