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Mountain Gardens is a 40+ year botanical garden project on 5 acres featuring the largest collection of native Appalachian and Chinese medicinal herbs in the Eastern US, organically grown at the foot of the Black Mountains in Western North Carolina. Our specialties include: native (Southern Appalachian) and oriental medicinal herbs, wild foods, perennial vegetables, craft plants and other ethnobotanicals. We offer for sale seeds, plants, fresh and dried herb material, tinctures and other preparations. We present useful information regarding the cultivation and uses of these species, as well as our philosophy of Paradise Gardening. Anywhere between 2 and 15 people work at Mountain Gardens.

We attend the Asheville Herb Festival and Medicines from the Earth. We sell wild foods to the Lantern in Chapel Hill. Medicinal plants and seeds are available at Mountain Gardens.

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We sell wild foods to the Lantern in Chapel Hill. Medicinal plants and seeds are available at Mountain Gardens.

About purchasing from Mountain Gardens...

“These are important community members providing a unique service... How amazing that here in our little valley, we can go find Chinese and western herbal medicine, much of it homegrown, for ourselves, families and patients.

- Jade, customer

“I have been working with Mountain Gardens for the past 21 years. Joe's expertise is invaluable. The herbs I source through Mountain Gardens are quite good, often excellent quality. The folks I deal with are knowledgeable, responsible, responsive, and timely. The educational videos are informative and enjoyable. I feel fortunate to have Mountain Gardens as a supplier for my medicinal formulas.”

- Margot, customer

Our work schedule…

A group of apprentices stay throughout the growing season (March-October). We hire throughout the year. WWOOFers are welcome for up to a two-week stay. General work includes weeding, harvesting, various building projects, planting, medicine making, and event planning/organization. People apply through email or a phone call. We work out their time frame based on their needs as well as ours.

Compensation offered...

Educational classes and plant walks are available. Room and board are provided. Apprentices live in single dwellings and WWOOFers camp on the property. Medicinal herbs and vegetables are available from the garden.

Our location...

Mountain Gardens is located next to Pisgah National Forest. It is tucked away in the mountains and provides a calming and healing educational environment. It is near the Celo Community which is a very friendly community that often holds events and gatherings.

To be an apprentice it is helpful to have some experience and skills in one of the areas including working with medicinal herbs, vegetable gardening, mushroom cultivation and foraging, wild food foraging, natural/alternative building, and carpentry.

To inquire about employment opportunities, please contact us by phone during the day, by email, or visit our website for further information.

This farm has reported that they are no longer hiring for the 2017 growing season. Please check back winter 2017 for next years' opportunities.

About working for Mountain Gardens...

“My experience at Mountain Gardens was wonderful. I learned more in my time there than I ever had before about plants, homesteading, simple living and medicine. Joe is an incredible inspiration and his place is a magical place to live. The work is hard and rewarding. Everyone has their own place and projects, while also spending time together with other apprentices to maintain the garden. The opportunities there are infinite.

- Natalie, former apprentice

Mountain Gardens is always open to the public. Visitors can call ahead of time or are free to pop in and walk around the gardens, library and apothecary.

Find out about our current offerings on our farm’s event page or Facebook page.

About purchasing from Mountain Gardens...

“These are important community members providing a unique service... How amazing that here in our little valley, we can go find Chinese and western herbal medicine, much of it homegrown, for ourselves, families and patients.

- Jade, customer

“I have been working with Mountain Gardens for the past 21 years. Joe's expertise is invaluable. The herbs I source through Mountain Gardens are quite good, often excellent quality. The folks I deal with are knowledgeable, responsible, responsive, and timely. The educational videos are informative and enjoyable. I feel fortunate to have Mountain Gardens as a supplier for my medicinal formulas.”

- Margot, customer

About working for Mountain Gardens...

“My experience at Mountain Gardens was wonderful. I learned more in my time there than I ever had before about plants, homesteading, simple living and medicine. Joe is an incredible inspiration and his place is a magical place to live. The work is hard and rewarding. Everyone has their own place and projects, while also spending time together with other apprentices to maintain the garden. The opportunities there are infinite.

- Natalie, former apprentice


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