The Mountain Garden Club has been serving Highlands, NC since 1979. The purpose of the club is to aid in the protection and conservation of natural resources, encourage civic beauty and roadside beautification, stimulate the study of the fine art of gardening, and cooperate with other agencies furthering the interest of horticulture and conservation.
The Mountain Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc, South Atlantic Region and The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc, District 1. The Mountain Garden Club meets monthly in members' homes or churches.
Each year Mountain Garden Club members dig and pot hundreds of mountain-hardy plants for the club's major fundraiser, a plant sale on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Held at the baseball park on Highway 64E, this popular event generates money for college scholarships, conservation and educational projects, and community gardens including the butterfly garden and KinderGarden at Highlands School and courtyard gardens at the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center.
The mission of the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is to provide opportunities to enjoy and learn about birds and other wildlife and to promote conservation and restoration of the habitats that support them.