Asheville, North Carolina, native Amanda Dyson is renowned for her close connection to nature. Amanda Dyson was born and raised around the Blue Ridge Mountains in close proximity to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, known to many as “America’s Favorite Drive.” Studying horticulture and biology at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, Amanda Dyson has been interested in nature throughout her life, taking up beekeeping and raising llamas.
Eventually, after marrying, Amanda Dyson moved up with her family to a neighborhood developed inside an 11,000-acre wildlife sanctuary near Asheville. Residing in a log cabin atop a mountain near the Blue Ridge Parkway with her husband and three children, Amanda Dyson lives among wild bears and bobcats and walks along the very trails that inspired one of her favorite authors, Charles Frazier, to write the best-selling novel Cold Mountain. At a nearby lake, Amanda Dyson takes her family every summer to fish and water ski on an Allison Bass boat and Sea-Doo jet ski.
Amanda Dyson’s appreciation for nature extends to her career in landscaping and gardening. Deciding to utilize her skills in the field to benefit the people of Asheville and Buncombe County, Amanda Dyson established Blue Ridge Farms, LLC in 1999. Blue Ridge Farms is a landscaping firm that provides restaurants and businesses well-designed lawns and gardens. For over ten years, Amanda Dyson’s landscaping at Blue Ridge Farms won several local awards. After selling her stake in Blue Ridge Farms in 2009, Amanda Dyson continues to enjoy landscaping as a hobby, along with interior decorating and design.