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Garden Unveils Plan for Childrens Garden
BELMONT, N.C. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden on Friday unveiled plans for a childrens garden, its first major expansion in five years. The announcement preceded a luncheon to honor Dot and Duke Kimbrell, who have made a $2 million matching leadership gift to kickoff the capital campaign for the $6 million total project.
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The Garden will break ground for construction on the immersive, themed garden that will delight children and adults alike once the Garden has commitments of $4 million in contributions, Executive Director Kara Newport and Board President Harding Stowe said. The project, which is expected to encompass about three acres, will be developed in stages with construction expected to begin next spring.
Following the announcement, members of the Gardens board of directors, board of visitors and other friends honored the Kimbrells for their philanthropy. Duke Kimbrell is one of Gaston Countys most respected business leaders. He has been inducted into the N.C. Business Hall of Fame and received recognition as Textile World magazines second-most influential textile leader of the 20th Century.
The Kimbrells are such generous leaders in our community and for the Garden, said the Gardens Newport. They have helped us in so many ways and now they will touch the lives of hundreds of thousands children in the decades to come.
The Kimbrells have been significant partners and longtime friends of the Garden. Duke Kimbrell has served on the board of directors since its founding. In addition to unwavering annual contributions, the Kimbrells helped the Garden build the Visitor Pavilion, which opened in 1999, and The Orchid Conservatory, which opened in 2008.
Though a childrens garden is part of the 50-year master plan envisioned by Daniel Stowe in the early 1990s its amazing and creative detail is just being revealed with the help of nationally-renowned designer W. Gary Smith.
We want to create a childrens garden that you cant find anywhere else in the world except Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, said Smith. His work is best demonstrated at Delawares Winterthur Garden where he helped create Enchanted Woods, a childrens garden based on woodland fairies. We want this garden to capture the spirit of Dan Stowe.
Smith, who is also working with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas, New Yorks Bryant Park and other gardens around the country, was selected to design this garden because of his ability to create unique, stirring experiences. Smith is the author of From Art to Landscape, Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design, which received a national book award from the American Horticultural Society.
The new area, while being seamlessly integrated into the distinctive design first envisioned by Daniel Stowe, will be unlike anything else currently at the Garden. Plans call for it to be centered around a green-roof amphitheatre with a naturalized pond plus other elements or destinations, as Smith calls them. While it would not repeat the woodland fairies theme of Enchanted Woods, Smith said Garden patrons can expect the same kind of imaginative experience.
We believe, given Mr. Stowe and Mr. Kimbrells background in the textile industry, there are natural connections with agriculture and with Mr. Stowes love of plants, nature and beauty, said Newport. We are also working with the Stowe family and other people who knew Dan Stowe to integrate some of the other things he loved, including items from his many collections.
Within each destination are activity areas that promote active play and learning as well as special features that will tend to stimulate curiosity and creativity. Special features include a large aviary from Daniel Stowes estate, a cave with an unexpected fireplace as the entrance, a maze, a stream and more. Proposed activity areas include a gigantic wise old owls nest, a woodland bridge, meadows and flower beds.
As part of the project, a portion of the Gardens west side will be renovated to create a school orientation space and a pecan grove to serve as a transition to the new garden.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, the Carolinas Garden for All Seasons, provides guests a chance to reconnect with nature. Located within 380 acres on the banks of Lake Wylie, spectacular gardens, sparkling fountains, a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids, a visitor pavilion, gift shop and nature walk await the visitor. HGTV named it one of the nations 20 Great Gardens and USA TODAY says the Garden is one of the nations best places to welcome fall with a flourish. Committed to horticultural excellence, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a must-see for all ages.
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