Tryon Garden Club
Who We Are
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
Our mission also includes collaborating with others. We are active members of the Garden Club of North Carolina, as well as cooperating relationships with the Blue Ridge Natural Heritage Site, North Carolina Birding Trail Site, the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens and Conserving Carolina.
We welcome new members to the Club. For further information, please contact Membership Co-chairs Donna Southworth (email@example.com) or Jackie Weedon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Click below to Download Membership Application.
Club Programs & Events
Our public programs are currently held on the third Wednesday of most months, starting at 2:00 p.m. We hold these informative presentations at FENCE, Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, 3381 Hunting Country Road, Tryon, NC 28782. For directions, visit www.fence.org.
There are no current scheduled events. Stay tuned for further upcoming events!
Tryon Depot Garden
The Tryon Garden Club Civic Beautification Committee maintains the Tryon Depot Garden located at the corner of Pacolet and Depot streets in downtown Tryon. The Club has maintained this beautiful Garden since the 1940s. The 1906 Tryon Train Depot, adjacent to the Garden, was used when the train was active in the area. The Depot was renovated in 2010 and is now used for private business, as well as public functions.
The Depot Garden is part of the Tryon Parks System. Many of the plantings are labeled to help visitors learn about the diversity of the shrubs, perennials, and annuals. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing break on one of the comfortable benches overlooking Trade Street. A recent grant from the Polk County Appearance Commission helped the club purchase additional lighting for the garden.
A new lighting system now allows visitors to enjoy the garden after sunset.
In the past five years, the Civic Beautification team has added native plants and shrubs to the garden. A native rock garden can be found in the center island bed with many of the plants and rocks brought from the Pearson’s Fall’s property. Our projects have been generously supported by Kirby Endowment Grants through the Polk County Community Foundation and the Town of Tryon.
The Garden has been awarded a Monarch Butterfly Waystation designation that creates and protects monarch habitat and is listed in the International Monarch Butterfly Waystation Registry. Plants that provide food for larva and butterflies include Butterfly Weed, Phlox, Daisy, Goldenrod, Aster, Cosmos, Violet, Purple Coneflower, Joe Pye Weed, Scarlet Sage, Tithonia and Zinnia. Shrubs include Butterfly Bush, Native Rose, Spicebush and Blueberry. An International Monarch Waystation sign reminds visitors of the need to conserve habitats and nurture area butterflies and encourages visitors to create their own monarch habitat.