Release – WCU to host new organic gardening class open to the community


Meredith Oakley,, 828.227.3069

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University’s Division of Educational Outreach will present Getting the Most Out of Organic Gardening, a 5-week workshop beginning March 28 and running through April. 25, 2023 on Tuesday nights from 6:00-8:00 pm in room 143 of WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building.

The workshops will feature local horticulturalist and amateur botanist Adam Bigelow as he teaches on organic gardening focused in the areas of soil ecology, composting and fertility; garden preparation and seed starting; weeds, pests and disease prevention and control; companion planting, the role of flowers and native plants in attracting beneficial insect allies, and much more. Through a combination of classroom instruction and field trips to local gardens, students will gain knowledge and experience in gardening and be able to use that information to grow a successful organic garden at home.

This is event is open to all community members and the WCU community. Registration is open and can be found online through WCU’s Education Outreach office at and clicking on “Other Native Plant Related Classes” on the right side of the website. Cost of the 5-week workshop is $89.00 and can be paid online at time of registration.

Adam Bigelow lives in Cullowhee, NC and has been studying plants and wildflowers in Southern Appalachia for over 20 years. Adam is the owner/operator of Bigelow’s Botanical Excursions, an eco-tour business leading guided plant walks in WNC. He is an avid organic gardener and founded and managed the Cullowhee Community Garden for ten years. Adam is a long-time attendee, field trip leader, and steering committee member of the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, the largest and oldest annual conference focusing on Native Plants on the East Coast.

For more information about Getting the Most Out of Organic Gardening, call 828-227-7397, email or visit the website