Seed Money Overview


2013 to Date

Award Recipients

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.    The amount of money awarded will not exceed $1,000.    The award amount is generally divided between several application projects.
 On-going maintenance will  not be  a responsibility of the Beautification Committee.  Members and relatives of the Beautification Committee are not eligible.  



Award Recipients

2013 to Date

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 will be contacted in mid-March.


Award Recipients

Award Recipients

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 Curiosity Shoppe, upgrade garden
  • First Christian Church, install pollinator garden
  • Kate Shawgo, install community meadow garden 

2020 Seed Money Award Process

About the Award

This award(s) will be given to an applicant(s) 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 9, 2020.  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!

2020 Seed Award Application

2019 Award Winners


The Curiosity Shoppe

The Curiosity Shoppe will be re-purposing the fountain in Cherry Street Square with a rock garden and varied plantings.

[Pictured L-R,  Barb Callaway, Gail Bromer, Teri Hartbarger (with Erma) and Chelsea Morning, Anne Dale]


First Christian Church

The First Christian Church will be establishing a Pollinator Garden in the beautiful, natural area next to the creek on their property. First Christian Church is a Green Chalice Church and partners in the Creation Care Alliance.

[Pictured L-R,  Brenda deLeat, Wayne Jakeway, Dotty Smith, Rev. Bill Moore, (Seed Money Comm members: Gail Bromer, Anne Dale, 

Barb Callaway]


Kate Shawgo

 A Community Meadow Garden, across from the Kerlee Baptist Church, will be coordinated by Kate Shawgo. The property for the garden is owned by the Capps family and it is their hope to restore the meadow to it’s original bounty as a community garden first established by Lee
Kerlee in 1946. Harold Eller then maintained the garden until it was sold to Richard and Julia Capps. The garden will be dedicated in memory of Dr. Julia Capps. 

 [Pictured L-R, Gail Bromer, Kenny Capps, Kate Shawgo, Anne Dale, Barb Callaway] 

   The Black Mountain Beautification Committee would like to thank all applicants for the 2019 Seed Money grants. 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 2020.

From April to Oct. 2019 in Community Meadow Garden