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Daniel Boone Native Gardens receives grant



Article Published: Jul. 7, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

The Daniel Boone Native Gardens has been awarded a grant from the B.W. Wells Stewardship Fund, through the North Carolina Native Plant Society.

With the funds awarded, the Daniel Boone Native Gardens has labeled 50 native plants, 23 trees and 10 ferns currently growing in the gardens. Labels are permanently engraved on 24-inch standards, giving both the common name and scientific name of individual plants. The new labels will give visitors to the gardens more information about the native plant collection at the Daniel Boone Native Gardens.

The Daniel Boone Native Gardens, located on Horn in the West Drive, opened for the 2011 season on April 29. Admission is $2 for adults.

With the weather ideal for planting natives in one's garden, the Daniel Boone Native Gardens can help visitors identify plants that might work in their own landscape. Located next to the Watauga Farmers' Market, and open through October, the gardens also offer a getaway for a picnic or a cup of coffee.

An Evening at the Gardens will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 16 to invite the public to visit the gardens, the plant labels for which are now in place, thanks to the efforts of staff and volunteers.

The B.W. Wells Stewardship fund supports stewardship activities that are in keeping with its mission to promote the enjoyment and conservation of North Carolina's native plants and their habitats through education, protection, propagation and advocacy. More information about B.W. Wells and his contributions to the conservation of native plant habitats can be found at http://www.bwwells.org.

The North Carolina Native Plant Society offers many resources related to native plant protection in North Carolina. For more information, including a photo gallery of native plants, visit http://www.ncwildflower.org.

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