Historic Flat Rock Inc. (HFR) is pleased to announce that its first-ever book, Gardening Tips from Well-Seasoned Gardeners, has arrived for sale on our website and can be shipped right to you — just in time for spring!

While we are stuck at home, what could be better than:

✔️ beautiful & engrossing book
✔️ that supports Historic Flat Rock, Inc. and the mission
✔️ fresh air, exercise & outdoors; critical during our “stay at home time”
✔️ just as Spring arrives!

….so if there is one gift we have been given it’s that we can now ship the book, spring is here, and it’s time to garden!

More about the book:

HFR enlisted the help of 38 professionals, master gardeners, and other plant enthusiasts. Three are nationally recognized plantsmen, 11 hold important positions at popular Western North Carolina garden shops, and 14 are HFR members. We are deeply grateful to each and every one of them. The tips were vetted by Steve Pettis, NC Horticulture Agent, Henderson County. Two generous volunteer artists created sketches for the book. This truly is a “homegrown” publication.

Gardening-tips books are rare. Even more rare (if not unique) is one with a focus on Western North Carolina.

The book is 129 pages in length. There is quite literally something for everyone including tips about: design, preparation and maintenance, houseplants and indoor arrangements, herbs and vegetables, native plants, container gardening, favorite plants, and birds, bees and butterflies (including 10 pages about monarch butterflies and other pollinators from contributor Kim Bailey, one of the few recognized monarch experts in the southeast).

Because we are HFR, there are liberal doses of history: the introduction from HFR President Victoria Flanagan, an herbal lesson from a colonial-period culinary and medicinal herb gardener, and contributions from two gardeners intimately associated with Carl Sandburg properties—The Carl Sandburg National Historic Site in Flat Rock and the Carl Sandburg Birthplace in Galesburg, Illinois.

If you do not garden yourself but know others who do, please consider purchasing gift books!

The price per book is $20 + $2.50 flat rate for shipping and handling.

The sale of each book supports HFR’s mission To Protect, Preserve and Promote the Historic and Cultural Heritage of Flat Rock, NC.

Thank you for being supporters and friends of HFR!


“Flat Rock lies in a pocket of history, weaving a recollection of the Great Cherokee tribe, pioneers, and Charlestonians into a pattern uniquely her own”
– Louise Howe Bailey

About Us:

Historic Flat Rock, Inc. was established in 1968. Since then it has been instrumental in the preservation and restoration of properties of note. It has obtained numerous preservation easements on historic properties through the cooperation and generosity of the owners. Learn more…