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 $1,000.  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.

Announcing the 2018 Award Winners


The Old Depot Association

The  Old Depot Association will be constructing raised planter beds with  perennials and shrubs to the area between the depot platform and the  railroad tracks.  

[Pictured L-R, Sarah Vekasi, Martha Johnson, Board Members Old Depot Association; Lisa Wasoski, Chair Seed Money Committee]


St. James Episcopal Church

The Episcopal church will be adding a new Victoria Magnolia to their garden site surrounding their sign on W-70. 

[Pictured L-R, Lisa Wasoski, Chair Seed Money Committee; Sue Murray, Tom Bailey, Rev Judith Whelchel from St James Episcopal Church​]


Thank you all!

We would like to thank all applicants for the 2018 Seed Money grants. There were 10 applicants for  the awards this year. The interest to help make Black Mountain even more  beautiful and serve the community is inspiring!  

Lisa  Wasoski, chairperson for the Seed Money sub-committee says, “It was a  very challenging decision as we try to review the applications with a  mind as to how the available monies can best be used, and how they fit  in to our mission statement. This year’s applicants had wonderful  proposals and we encourage them, as well as others, to apply for our awards in 2019.” 

2019 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 11, 2019.  The award will not exceed $1,000. Proceeds for this award were raised at the Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale.  If you have questions, feel free to email us.

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

Before & After