July 4, 2012. The Daniel Boone Native Gardens will host a free “Bird Walk” on Tuesday, July 10, at 8:30 a.m. Local High Country Audubon expert Dr. Stewart Skeate will lead the group. Plan on an easy hike up to the summit of Strawberry Hill Arboretum. Beginners welcome. www.danielboonenativegardens.org/.
The Daniel Boone Native Gardens, located near downtown Boone, contain an outstanding collection of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Hundreds of plant varieties provide a progression of blooms throughout the growing season.
Opened in 1963, the three-acre Daniel Boone Native Gardens are an educational and conservation effort to nurture rare or endangered plant species.
A project of the Garden Club of N.C., Inc., these public gardens comprise a bog garden, fern garden, rhododendron grove, rock garden, rock wishing well, vine-covered arbor, pond alongside the historic Squire Boone Cabin, and several grand vistas. Wrought-iron gates at the entrance were made by a descendant of Daniel Boone, who hunted in the area.