Seed Money Overview

2013 to Date

The "Seed Money" Award to be given to an applicant(s) who submits a project that best exemplifies the mission of the  Beautification Committee,  "honoring  the natural beauty of the surrounding  mountains while seeking to  reflect that beauty on the streets and in the lives of the citizens".    

Focus  of work must be gardening related, within Black Mountain, and adding a  little something extra to our  town.  The money for this project is raised at the Black Mountain  Garden Show and Sale.  We have steadily increased the award amount each year and now the award will not exceed $750.  On-going maintenance will  not be  a responsibility of the Beautification Committee.  Members and relatives of the Beautification Committee are not eligible.  

Award Recipients

  • Swannanoa Valley Museum - garden in front for educational experience  
  • Julia Stout, a local artist - a garden at Town Hall (Julia is now deceased)  
  • Local book club - so they could plant milkweed  
  • 3rd Grade Elementary School Reading Class - created an outdoor reading area garden
  • Primary School - landscaping around school  
  • Owen High School - environmental landscaping around campus  
  • Black Mountain Home for Children - drip irrigation system for vegetable gardens  
  • Own Middle School - plantings for an Appalachian Heritage Garden  
  • Black Mountain Elementary School - adding a recycled garden section in the current garden
  • Adults and Students from Invisible Hands at Christ Community Church have plans to build a raised garden bed at Nana’s Place. 
  • Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center - built a geological garden 


The Seed Money Committee meets in January to start the process for the new year.  The application process starts in January with information posted in The Black Mountain News, Facebook and this website.   Applications are sent to everyone who had previously applied.  

 We allow about six weeks for applications  to be received so that we can review and make recommendations before the  entire committee.  All applicants are contacted by March 31.

2018 Seed Money Award

About the Award

This award(s) will be given to an applicant or applicants who submit a gardening project that best exemplifies the mission of the Beautification Committee: honoring the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains. . .while seeking to reflect that beauty on the streets and in the lives  of the citizens.   



Focus of the project must be gardening-related within Black Mountain and adding a little something extra to our town.  Gardening-related can have a broad interpretation.   We encourage you to use your imagination!     

Applications are available:   on this page, Town Hall, Black Mountain Library, Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce and  Black Mountain Beautification Committee Facebook page.


The deadline for this application is Monday, March 12, 2018.  The award will not exceed $750. Proceeds for this award were raised at the Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale.  If you have questions, feel free to call Susan Edwards at 828-458-5907. 

If you have a gardening-related project in mind that exemplifies the committee's mission statement, we encourage you to submit an application!

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