EmpTea Bowls



You are invited to the 9th annual EmpTea Bowls fundraiser for the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden in Black Mountain, NC. Come enjoy live music by the Blushin’ Roulettes, delicious herbal teas from the garden, food from local restaurants and our gardeners, and numerous activities for all attendees. Your ticket purchase also includes a handmade, keepsake pottery piece for drinking your tea. This year’s EmpTea Bowls event has something fun for everyone! 

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2023

Time: 4-7:30 PM

Admission:  $25.00 for 15 and over, $10 14 – 4, and 3 and under are free.

Location: 99 White Pine Drive in Black Mountain.

Parking: Garden main parking lot & also next to Grey Eagle Arena, or, at Veterans Park. Follow signs for entry into the event.

Calling for Volunteers! We are currently looking for Volunteers for several key positions.  If you are interested please click the button below to sign up.

Click here to volunteer!

The garden is currently accepting monetary donations as well as art, products, and services for our events silent auction, and private and corporate sponsorship.

Empty Bowls is an international fundraising model. If it is new to you, you are in for a treat! Local potters donate handmade tea bowls for the event. You will get to choose a bowl, enjoy drinking tea from it, and then take it home as a reminder of folks whose bowls are often empty. Taking part becomes your opportunity to keep our community’s bowls filled.

Providing food for hundreds of local families, the Dr. John Wilson Community garden is a vital resource for reducing food insecurity in the Swannanoa Valley. Each year, a community of over a hundred local residents and hundreds of volunteers comes together to grow fresh produce that is distributed to families in need through Bounty and Soul. The garden relies heavily on the work of its seasonal interns to assist in the growing process and to educate the public on sustainable growing techniques.

The annual EmpTea Bowls fundraiser is an outstanding opportunity to learn about the purpose and benefits of the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden. Proceeds from EmpTea Bowls funds the Community Garden internship program as well as educational special events.  This event is also one of the best ways to support the community garden and keep it thriving for years to come.  This year’s goal is to raise $12,000 through ticket sales, donations and the silent auction.

The Dr. John Wilson Community Garden is a program of Black Mountain Recreation and Parks.  EmpTea Bowls is organized by Black Mountain Recreation and Parks, and the Friends of the Community Garden under the auspices of the Black Mountain Parks and Greenways Foundation, a 501(c)(3).

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