Spring is here and the Cape Fear Botanical Garden is gearing up for a fun-filled April with events for the whole family.
     “We are preparing for our fourth annual plant fundraiser sale,” said Angela Dennis, marketing and development officer for Cape Fear Botanical Garden. “We partner with several local garden centers and nurseries that bring items out on Saturday, April 25 from 10 am – 2 pm.”
     {mosimage}Dennis added that the garden also sells unusual plants that are cultivated on the grounds at very reasonable prices. Master gardeners are on the grounds this day, along with the garden’s staff, to give out advice and help customers make their plant selections.
     “The entire month of April is admission free,” said Dennis. “Fayetteville PWC sponsors this month for the community to come out to the garden.”
     Dennis added that the staff has planned activities every weekend in April such as the Urban Farm Tour, Nature Writing Workshop, Hostas and Companion Plants and a Beekeeping Demonstration Workshop. The 79-acre garden, founded in 1989, boasts more than 2,000 varieties of ornamental plants and specialty gardens of Camellia, Daylilies and Hostas. The mission is to preserve agricultural heritage and to solicit engagement and involvement of the community.    
     “We currently have a campaign for natural growth going on at this time,” said Dennis. “We are raising money to build a new visitor’s pavilion complex and make it a centerpiece for the community.”
     Dennis added that the campaign has been going on for more than a year and the goal is to raise $10 million. The pavilion will be rented out for weddings, conferences and events.
     “We want to bring more business into Fayetteville that would normally go to Raleigh,” said Dennis. “We are one of the gateways to the city and it will be a very nice thing for visitors to see when they are coming off of I-95 into Fayetteville.”        
     Some of the garden’s attractions include an authentic 1886 farmhouse featuring period tools, gardens, outbuildings and heritage workshops. The pavilion can shelter a family picnic or host a kindergarten class during story time. The garden staff offers educational programs such as the River Walk, Children’s Garden and the PWC Water Wise Garden for all ages from pre-k to seniors. Nature trails can ring with the laughter of children or the gentle mumur of the quiet talk of adults. The gift shop offers a variety of handmade products by local artists, vendors, garden products, bird ornaments and honey. {mosimage}
     A gazebo and the great lawn hosts visitors, wedding parties and group festivities. Ponds, pools and waterways provide habitat for plants and add a peaceful tranquility to the environment.    
     Cape Fear Botanical Garden has fun year-round opportunities for volunteers. Volunteers include retirees, full-time working adults, high school and college students and Boy and Girl Scouts. These individuals work outdoors with the grounds staff, assist in the office, assist at special events or festivals, shuttle visitors in the golf cart and work with children and adults during educational programs.
     “We look forward to this community favorite event,” said Dennis, of the plant sale. “This is a really big event for the garden.”
     For more information call 486-0221.
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