By this we mean
Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and vicinity. We will be covering gardens, plant nurseries, hotels, restaurants,
and more as we have time. Culling the best from North
Carolina’s capital region is a subtle task, because the “best” is not
self-evident. The region’s most important
venture-capitalists do not strut their stuff.
Often the best restaurants are unknown to local critics.
The nicest barber shop is always at the other end of town, the best
auto-repairman is out in the woods, and a half-deserted town--called
Bynum--of amusing sculptures is well apart from just about everything.
25. Best Barbecue
Bon is one of Mama Dip's talented daughters. Her "food with an attitude"
is available seven days a week at the Carrboro Plaza, 104 Highway 54 West, Carrboro,
919-960-7630. Suffice it to say that this reviewer has tried most of the emporiums
with a reputation around here: Bon's is by far the only barbecue that does not include
indigestion and too much fat.
Naturally, quite a bit of this publication is focused on the little concerns of the Duke
University community. Nevertheless, several articles have wider reach and purpose,
such as a recent demographic piece on health and aging; an article examining the
8,300-acre Duke Forest, which has given a special flavor to the Durham community; and a
piece honoring Nancy Goodwin, the proprietor of Montrose, once a governor's estate and
today a horticultural treasure in Hillsborough (see #6 below).
23. Best Historical Calandar
The Chapel Hill Historical Society honors local ladies, past and present, but mostly
present, in its 2001 calendar. The society is located E. Franklin Street.
22. Best Bakery
Founded by Hartmut Jahn and Claudia Cooper in 1998, Guglhupf
has only improved. Goodness knows how they made the leap from software acrobats in
Germany to pastry tossers in Durham. But here they are, much to our pleasure,
tireless entrepreneurs in their business but equally good dinner companions at area
bistros. We particularly like the tarts and recommend the website, www.guglhupf.com, which includes a short history of
bread, as well as some very useful consumer information. The heart of the business
is retail, not wholesale, and the recent addition of Christa at the counter has made each
visit a pleasure. Guglhupf is located at 2706 Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham.
Click here to
read a longer piece on Guglhupf from the Triangle TechJournal (v.
2.5, August 2002, p. 23).
Guglhupf Café Is Open. Long-awaited, the proprietors have opened their
café, and it’s a grand success. So far we are very satisfied with the
sandwiches and plan to make our way through the full roster, from leg of
lamb through seared tuna. Lately we have been warmed by the soups in which
the proprietors take great pride. Also we have found the expresso good, a
thing apart from the watery and sometimes bitter concoctions available
elsewhere. As much, we like the atmosphere, there being more than a little
spark in both the architecture and the appointments. Outside, next to the
steps, you can hear the gurgle of water, and the owners have taken enough
care to even have different, appealing chairs that separates this from the
chains who offer one, boring look. The hours of operation are gradually
being extended. See
21. Garland Truffles
We can assure you that this is the best commercial place to go for fresh truffles in North
Carolina--not because we have been there but because it is the only place.
Garland uses a yellow Labrador named Chewy to uncover his delectables. Chewy,
incidentally, just happens to be the name of a talented ranchhound in the Southwest as
well. See www.garlandtruffles.com.
20. Most About the Best
Metro magazine, only a year old, is a remarked-upon publication that has
focused heavily on what's best in the Triangle and Eastern North Carolina, from gardens to
high technology to higher education to museums. It has secured a diverse, cultivated
readership in a hurry. See www.metronc.com.
19. Best Bookstore with a Coffee House
There is just a whiff of
Berkeley lingering in the stacks of the Regulator
Bookshop in Durham. Maybe its the
large section on Buddhism or it may just be the location on funky Ninth Street, amidst
vegetarian cafes and New Age crystal shops. Bibliophiles
can usually be found lounging on the sofas downstairs, drinking cappuccinos from the
Tanglewood coffee bar as they browse the latest volumes on, say, Marxism for the new
millennium. The Regulators great
strength is its sizeable hardback literature section, which offers a competing selection
of current books, from the obvious best sellers to the more intriguing, offbeat novels
that often dont make it onto the shelves of the big chain stores. The magazine room boasts over 50 small literary
magazines such as Grarita and The Kenyon Review, as well as strictly local
poetry and fiction. A regular stop on the
traveling author circuit, the Regulator hosts readings by greater and lesser lights. One memorable, raucous evening had Frank McCourt
singing the fastest song in Ireland to a wildly enthusiastic audience. Contact: The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth
Street, Durham, NC 27705. Telephone:
919-286-2700. Website: www.regbook.com.
18. Best Networking Association
Founded in l984, 4,000 members strong, the Council
for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) now casts a remarkably wide
shadow over the Research Triangle. It does not matter whom you meet--young
entrepreneur, journalist, even a state politician--everyone testifies that the CED leads
to the somebody else you have to know to take your idea to the next plateau. We also
would expect it to help the region go beyond seed ventures, developing more middle market
companies in years to come.
17. Best Travel Bookstore
We were infected with the travel bug at an early age--probably the result of
reading Richard Halliburton's 1925 classic, The Royal Road
to Romance, about 50 times--and the pulse always beats a little faster when an
exotic trip is in the offing. Here in the Triangle, a first stop before any journey,
whether to Juneau or Jaipur, might be World Traveler Books and Maps in Chapel Hill.
This pleasant, well-organized bookstore has a winning way of combining the usual
guidebooks with other destination reading material. Recently, guides to Egypt and
Cairo shared a table with A Cafe on the
Nile, Bartle Bull's novel of World War II intrigue, and a handsome volume of
David Roberts' 19th-century lithographs of Egyptian pyramids and temples. A full
wall of maps will help you find your way to Fayetteville or Florence, while Replogie
globes offer the armchair traveler the world. If you can bear to sit through slide
shows of other people's trips, the store has weekly talks by customers in the fall and
spring. Contact: World Traveler Books and Maps, 400 S. Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill, NC
27514. Telephone: 919-933-5111.
16. Best Rare Book Catalogue
Chapel Hill is a bookish sort of place, though sadly lacking in the quirky
independent literary outposts that ought to proliferate in a university town that has
produced more than its share of writers. One beacon in the wilderness is Chapel Hill
Rare Books. The catalogue is the thing to get (the office is open only by
appointment). The latest issue, Rare Americana, number 133, offers books,
maps and ephemera that relate to our country's history. The serious collector might
be attracted to a "superb, fresh, crisp" first edition of General John
Burgoyne's A State of the Expedition from Canada (London, 1780), which chronicles
his assault on the colonies and defends the actions that led to his stunning defeat in
1777. A first edition and "first obtainable printing" of Lincoln's
"Gettysburg Address" (New York, 1863) in the original printed gray wraps, with
"some light wear to the spine," would form "an obvious cornerstone in any
Americana or Civil War library." Other tempting items include a signed first
edition of Richard Byrd's Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antartic, The
Flight to the South Pole (New York, 1930) in "near fine" condition, and an
"unauthorized" first American edition of Anthony Trollope's North America
(New York, 1862), in which the English novelist tells of his travels through Canada and
the Eastern United States, with penetrating social commentary. Contact: Chapel Hill
Rare Books, P.O. Box 456, Carrboro, NC 27510. Telephone: 919-929-8351.
Inside the Triangle and just beyond its borders, one discovers an abundance of good jazz,
native to North Carolina. About all this good music, it is fair to say,
"Invented here." In this vein look at WNCU's "Growing List of North
Carolina Jazz Greats" (www.wncu.com/connection.htm)
which includes a host of mortal immortals such as John Coltrane, Roberta Flack, Thelonius
Sphere Monk, Nina Simone, Grady Tate, and a host of others. It sort of makes you
wonder why you go the New Orleans and other ports for the fun jazz festivals.
14. Best Radio Stations
Strangely, you will not find the easy-listening stations that sometimes pop up in
coastal metropolises, the sophisticated soft rock of Phoenix, or the 1950's throwback
music heard during the summer in Cape Cod. But there are two voices that merit
Wake-Up Station--Tune in to WCPE (FM 89.7), which is one of two local
classical stations. Early on in the morning, you will catch some BBC world news
every hour, plus decent enough classical strains that are not too mordant for your ears
that early. The website is also worth a visit, with a lot of links, for instance, to
North Carolina arts organizations. See www.wcpe.org/station.html.
Around Station--Oddly enough, you do have to do too much driving, even in this small state
of small towns. Where possible, you want to stick to the backroads, since the
interstates are crowded with breakneck truckers out to cross the continent today.
The right backroad music here is on WNCU (FM 90.7) which mostly consists of intelligent
jazz. Attached to North Carolina Central University, this station exemplifies how
North Carolina's lesser known colleges deliver as much or more value than their bigger
brand name cousins. They are more focused, trying to do one or two things well, not
trying to be comprehensive with limited resources. See www.wncu.com.
13. Best Vest-Pocket Arboretum
Imagine a vest-pocket Arboretum, just one square block, jam-packed with rare and
exotic trees, and you have the Coker Arboretum in downtown Chapel Hill. Right in the
heart of the UNC campus, it is a superior collection of conifers, broad-leafed evergreens,
and deciduous trees and shrubs, some nearly a century old, having been planted in 1903
when Professor William Chambers Coker designed the arboretum. A visit yields rewards
in any season: In winter, the sasanqua camellias and prunus mume defy the bleak grey with
their pink and white blossoms; in spring the Davidia involucrata or dove tree is covered
with white-winged blooms; and in fall the exquisite shades of red, gold and bronze suffuse
the entire 5-acre block. This is a good place to see the Asian cousins of native
Southeastern trees, such as the Chinese fringetree and cornus kousa. The Coker
Arboretum is always open. For more information, contact: The North Carolina
Botanical Garden, CB3375, Totten Center, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375. Telephone:
919-962-0522. Website: www.unc.edu/depts/ncbg.
12. Best Place for Mouth-Searing Gumbo
If it's been too long since you've dipped a spoon in a bowl of luscious New
Orleans gumbo--and if you don't mind, as Emeril says, "kicking it up a
notch"--you can take solace in the spicy gumbo currently on the lunch menu at Acme
Food and Beverage Co. in Carrboro. Heavy on the tomato and more peppery than the
Louisiana-style, this is still a good, if non-traditional, bowl of gumbo, so full of fresh
shrimp and plump oysters that one can almost forgive the paucity of okra and rice.
But hurry, because it may only stay on the menu while we're having the kind of tropical
days that remind us of New Orleans, when the temperature and humidity both hit 98.
Acme's deep-hued rooms with their sleek lighting fixtures and ceiling fans, and vibrant
local paintings offer a cool counterpoint to the sweltering grime outside. But pick
your dishes and waiters carefully. Contact: Acme Food and Beverage Co., 110 East
Main Street, Carrboro. Telephone: 919-929-2263.
11. Best Vanilla Ice Cream in the
Trendy eateries have been pushing the notion of "ice cream" to its
outer limits--any day now we'll be offered a scoop of wasabi-mint or pumpkin-cashew--but
it has become almost impossible to get really good vanilla ice cream. The simplest
is not only the best, but it is also the hardest to make, because no disguises are
permitted. The essential ingredients, just thick cream, sugar and vanilla--must be
in exactly the right proportions and churned and frozen to the perfect consistency.
A wide ranging, very personal survey of vanilla ice creams in the
Triangle has turned up a winner. Why are we not surprised that a fabulous vanilla
ice cream can be found at Nana's, one of our favorite Durham restaurants? Chef Scott
Howell skips the eggs, using only the essential trio of ingredients, to produce a
luxuriously rich, intensely flavored, seed-flecked vanilla ice cream that brings back
memories of the impossibly perfect hand-cranked ice creams of childhood. Whether you
enjoy it atop molten chocolate lava cake or blueberry peach crumble, or simply as a trio
of perfectly plain scoops, this is the one you've been searching for.
If you feel you must order something before desert, Howell is a
wizard when it comes to fish, which rightly dominates the menu. Recently, we had a
superb grilled yellow fin tuna, meaty and cooked just medium rare, atop a tangle of lovely
summer vegetables--tiny asparagus, silvered zucchini, cherry tomatoes--with mini-ravioli.
Other winners have included an appetizer of divers scallops (alas, only three,
although they were big) with lobster-sherry vinaigrette, and sockeye salmon over sauteed
sweet corn, fennel and spinach.
The newly redesigned dining rooms--one with saffron-hued walls,
the other with deep apricot, both punctuated with splashy, brightly covered--are airy and
comfortable, but our truly favorite spot is the ultra-cool bar, which attracts a sparky
crowd and has more elbow room. Contact: Nana's, 2514 University Drive, Durham.
10. Best New Nursery of Note
Just north of Hillsborough is the Triangle's newest nursery of note: Singing
Springs. Owner Pam Baggett is into self-confessed "zone denial," and her
catalogue features choice perennials and uncommon tender selections that are probably the
wave of the future, given evidence of global warming in North Carolina. She has a
clear predilection for tropical color combinations, any one of which would save a tasteful
but boring garden from the dictates of the color police. Singing Springs has 35
selections of coleus, including electric specimens such as "Black Magic" (purple
leaf with lime-green edging) and "Pineapple Queen" (acid-yellow foliage with
red-purple veins). There are red-streaked bananas, giant orange-flowered cannas on
pink stems and the white, saucer-like moonflowers beloved of Georgia O'Keefe. We
like many of her suggestions for combining different plants: soft lilac verbena
"Abbeville" interwoven with silvery artemesia "Powis Castle" and
violet and white "Dallas Red" and coleus "Purple Emperor" for
"the garden equivalent of an erupting volcano."
Baggett, who also lectures and writes about gardening, has
quieter, but no less appealing plants for shady locations, from the orchid-like toad lily
to wild gingers and heucheras, such as the black and silver-veined "Velvet
Night." Some of those freckled English hellebores will surely find their way
into our woodland garden this fall. Singing Springs sells by mail order; local
residents may pick up their plants by appointment on Sunday afternoons. (This is a
worthwhile drive, as it offers the chance to see Baggett's state-of-the-art greenhouses,
which are filled with unbelievably lush, healthy plants.) Contact: Singing Springs
Nursery, 8802 Wilderson Road, Cedar Grove, NC 27231-9324. Telephone: 919-732-9403.
9. Best Native Plant Nursery
Years ago, when Americans were still in abject thrall to the English garden and
all its lovely but often impossible-to-grow flowers, Niche Gardens was one of the few
nurseries trumpeting the down-home virtues of native plants. If natives have gone
mass-market--even Home Depot sells purple coneflower and wild columbine--it's largely due
to the efforts of Niche and others of its ilk to educate gardeners about the plants that
are so well-adapted to our indigenous soils and climates.
Although many of the commoner natives are available elsewhere at
lower prices, Niche continues to be an excellent source of unusual, very desirable plants.
Owner Kim Hawks has, for instance, beautiful native azaleas, such as the fragrant
"Choice Cream," or the rose-pink Piedmont Azalea, or the brilliant yellow
Florida Flame, any of which would rescue a spring garden from the grip of the lurid,
day-glo cultivars that so dominate the South. The nursery also carries many
non-natives, clearly marked as such in the catalogue, that will thrive in our area.
Two favorites are the 7-foot tall Formosa lily, with masses of white trumpet-like
blossoms, and dianthus "Grandiflorus," which adds dazzle to our summer beds with
its rich pink blossoms.
A visit to Niche, which is open for retail sales most days
throughout the year, is especially valuable as the display gardens offer the opportunity
to see plants on site, often combined in extremely tempting ways. Contact: Niche
Gardens, 1111 Dawson Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Telephone: 919-967-0078.
8. Best Source of Rare Trees
Our first foray to Camellia Forest one wintry February afternoon took us into an
enchanted woodland. Towering pines sheltered camellias, many tall as trees, covered
with stunning crimson, pink and white blossoms. Rare edgeworthia, the Japanese paper
plant, arched graceful braches hung with golden bell-like blossoms, while prunus mume, the
winter-blooming Japanese apricot, scented the air with its intoxicating perfume. It
was like stumbling upon a slightly surreal world in which a magician had waved his wand
under bleak, icy skies and brought forth a glimpse of spring.
These days, the magicians, Kai Mei Parks and her son, David, work
their wonders at a more prosaic location, but Camellia Forest remains a source of uncommon
trees and shrubs, many discovered in Asia. There are well over 100 cold-hardy
camellias, some from China, others developed by Robert Parks, a UNC professor and husband
of Kai Mei. These include fall- and spring-blooming cultivars, such as
"Survivor," a single white-flowering shrub hardy to -9 degrees and which was the
only plant still thriving after a siege of artic weather some years ago. The nursery
has many Japanese cedars, flowering apricots, and viburnums, as well as one-of-a-kind rare
specimens. Often the plants are very small, which requires a certain vision and
level of patience many do not possess in these days of instant gardens.
Camellia Forest sells mostly by mail but is open by appointment
and on a few weekends in the fall and spring; local gardeners should beg or borrow a
pickup truck, since one can often find beautiful oversized plants too large for shipping.
Contact: Camellia Forest, 9701 Carrie Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Telephone:
919-968-0504. Website: www.camforest.com.
Avent stays up nights producing what is surely the wackiest catalogue in the nursery
business. In 1999, the theme was "Farmageddon: Revenge of the Perennials."
The cover featured a pot-shaped flying saucer beaming up the best and brightest
perennials. This year's opus, naturally, is "Y2 Mailorder" and offers a
list of "millenium entendres" on the back page, such as the newspaper headline
that read "Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures." Avent is as in love with
words as he is with the cutting-edge cultivars he sells at his Raleigh nursery, Plant
Delights. Superlatives flow like water from an open main, and the text is liberally
sprkinled with exclamations such as "Wow!" and "FABULOUS!"
There's not a dull sentence in the entire 90-page catalogue, which can be had, by the way,
for "10 stamps or a box of chocolates" (i.e. free).
avowed mission is to introduce "great American natives" to the nursery trade.
This is the place to come for hostas, 172 of them, from "Abba Dabba Do"
(his own 1993 introduction) to "Zounds." There are arisaemas (cobra
lilies), salvias, native grasses, butterfly bushes and verbenas. Like a lot of
adventurous gardeners, Avent pushes the envelope with tender perennials to see what he can
get away with: Cannas are a particular favorite, as are hardy gingers and coleus.
But secretly we suspect he's most passionate about bizarre plant forms. To wit, the
following description of the peony leaf voodoo lily: "...the wildest flower you've
ever seen ... looks like a 'Peter Pepper' on steroids! Let's try again ... it looks
like a purple dust ruffle on top of a short pedestal, inside of which is a distorted
purple human brain ... have you watched enough sci-fi channel to get the picture?"
As he notes elsewhere, "it doesn't get much weirder than this."
Delights sells mail order, although six weekends a year Avent allows devotees to troll the
aisles of his greenhouses, snatching up the objects of their own desire. Go early to
get the voodoo lilies. Contact: Plant Delights Nursery, 9241 Sauls Road, Raleigh, NC
27603. Telephone: 919-772-4794. Website: www.plantdelights.com.
extraordinary gardens at Montrose, a 19th-century estate in Hillsborough once owned by the
Governor of North Carolina, are a magnet for plant cognoscenti as far off as England and
though, they have remained a secret to gardeners living just a few miles away. Instead of succumbing to the lure of history,
plantswoman Nancy Goodwin has spent the last two decades creating a dynamic, ever-changing
series of gardens that feature new, often rare plants and push the envelope of
cutting-edge combinations. In late spring,
the dianthus walk in front of the white, two-story house bursts with lavish blooms in all
shades of pink, crimson, and white. In
summer, antique roses and clematis festoon the lath house; below it, the purple and orange
garden pulsates with hot color. In winter,
hardy cyclamen carpet the ground, while huge stands of hellebores line the driveway. Regular visits to this garden will provide an
education for the novice and an exciting source of new ideas for the more knowledgeable. Open for tours by appointment. Fee: $6 per person.
Contact: Montrose, P.O. Box
957, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Telephone:
Federalist House and Grounds
Carolina lacks the gracious plantation architecture that is a hallmark of its more
prosperous neighbors to the north and south. But
just down the road from Montrose is a Federal-era house of the most appealing sort. Commissioned in 1814 by a Scottish merchant, Ayr
Mount was occupied by his descendents for the next 170 years, until noted preservationist
and former Chairman of The Equitable, Richard Jenrette, rescued it from slow decline. Now a museum, the handsomely restored, vaguely
Palladian brick house invites the visitor to linger in its well-proportioned,
high-ceilinged rooms. Many feature fine
architectural woodwork; all are filled with antiques, some original to the home and some
from Mr. Jenerettes own collection of Duncan Phyfe pieces. The romantic grounds offer lovely vistas down to
the Eno River and to the hills beyond; nature trails are open for hiking. For more about Ayrmont, see Mr. Jenrettes
new book, Adventures
with Old Houses (Wyrick and Company). To
visit, contact: Ayr Mount, 376 St. marys Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Telephone: 919-732-6886.
4. Best Rose Garden
of Hillsborough lies Chatwood, an 1808 Quaker farmhouse which once served as a tavern and
inn. The current owners have restored and
improved the old gardens, which are particularly beautiful in late spring. The Woodland Garden is abloom with lush plantings
of camellias, hellebores, columbines, Virginia bluebells, and azaleas. In the Sanctuary and Williamsburg-style Walled
Rose Garden, one can see antique roses planted about fifty years ago; many were grown from
cuttings taken from gardens and gravesites in the region.
Other planting areas offer appealing combinations that can easily be
recreated at home: starry purple allum with
achillea, for instance, or velvety gray lambs ears with white nepeta and salvia
Blue Queen. For tours by
appointment, contact Chatwood, 1900 Faucette Mill Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278. Telephone: 919-644-6058.
3. Best Native Plant Gardens
of the states great horticultural treasures is the nationally famed North Carolina
Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill. Dedicated to
native plants--and others that will thrive here--the 600-acre garden features a multitude
of habitats, from the mountains to the coastal plain, and the 4,700 plants that grow in them. In late winter, woodland trails wind through beds
of emerald-green mosses; in spring, other trails bloom with trillium and flame azalea. There are fern gardens, a carnivorous-plant
collection, and a wildflower border. On a
different plane entirely is the Hubbard Reeves herb garden, with a to-die-for fence of
espaliered apple trees, a green and silver knot garden, and plantings of lavender that
will survive the muggy weather of the southeast. A
reference library, knowledgeable staff members, and daily plant sales make this one of the
Triangles truly great resources. Contact:
The North Carolina Botanical garden, CB 3375, Totten Center, Chapel Hill, NC 275990-3375. Telephone: 919-962-0522. Website: www.unc.edu/depts/ncbg.
2. Best Big Arboretum
Raulston, the late, well-loved curator of the arboretum at North Carolina State
University, had friends all over the world, and sometimes when strolling among the 9,000
woody plants on the eight-acre grounds, it seems that they all sent him their favorite
cuttings. There is no better place in North
Carolina to see in-depth collections of particular types of trees. Magnolia-lovers will delight in the cluster of 165
specimens, many of which are in glorious bloom in late February and march. There are equally extensive collections of redbuds
and conifers, as well as many exquisite native species.
This is a collection designed for study, and trees sometimes seem to have
plunked down without regard for the vistas they create.
For artistry, see the White Garden, modeled on Vita Sackville-Wests
famed garden at Sissinghurst, and the 450-foot, award winning perennial border. Just prior to his death in an auto accident,
Raulston and Dr. Kim Tripp wrote, The Year in Trees
(Timber Press, 1995), which describes the 150 vest trees and shrubs for our area. Contact: The J.C. Raulston Arboretum at NCSU, 4301
Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC. Telephone:
919-515-3125. Website: www.arb.ncsu.edu.
1. Best Japanese Garden
For those whose sensibilities lean toward the
formal garden, the seventy-year-old, classically Italianate Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham possess a handsome
geometry. A stunning wistera pergola opens
onto a classic American estate vista down a central axis with magnificent trees in the
distance. Elsewhere ranks of roses and
peonies bloom in curved terraces. This is the
only public garden ever created by noted American landscape designer Ellen Biddle Shipman
and one of the few that remain more or less extant. Yet
the newest part of the garden may be even more appealing in our Zen-oriented times: the
twenty-acre Culberson Asiatic Arboretum features special collections of deciduous magnolia
and Japanese maples, and it pairs Asian trees with their American cousins. The 550 species are interspersed with naturalistic
stonework, bridges, and bamboo fences that one imagines could be transposed, with a little
heft and creativity, into ones own backyard. Be
sure not to miss the Bloomquist Garden, which features over 900 species of native Southern
wildflowers, and the border designed by Edith Eddleman, where unexpected mixtures of
cactus, phlox, and hellebores push the envelope in a most delectable way. Contact: The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke
University, Durham, NC. telephone:
919-684-3691. Website: www.hr.duke.edu/dukegardens/dukegardens.html.
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