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‘Our Best Summer Party’ – ‘Evening in the Gardens’ Held Saturday, July 14, at Daniel Boone Native Gardens

Photo by Annkatrin Rose

By Jesse Wood

July 10, 2012. The Daniel Boone Native Gardens will host an “Evening in the Gardens” on Saturday, July 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Members of the Watauga Community Band will perform jazz and swing standards during the evening. Reid Catering will provide appetizers, and a cash bar will be on hand for those interested.

This is the second annual event and is “rain or shine.” Friends of the Garden members will be introduced at the event, and tours of the gardens will be given as well.

The gardens contain a wide array of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Hundreds of plant varieties provide a progression of blooms throughout the growing season, according to the group’s website.

The public gardens comprise of a bog garden, fern garden, rhododendron grove, rock garden, rock wishing well, vine-covered arbor, a pond alongside the historic Squire Boone cabin and more. The wrought-iron gates at the entrance were made by a descendent of Daniel Boone, who hunted in the area.

“It’s our best summer party,” Sarah Gilley, a member of the Daniel Boone Native Gardens, said, adding that dress is casual. “It’s our way to thank the community for supporting the gardens.”

The event costs $20. All proceeds go to the Daniel Boone Native Gardens.

“The ideal is to raise funds to keep the gardens up. We need some high ticket items, such as fencing and that sort of thing,” Daniel Boone Native Gardens Chair Rebecca Kaenzig said. “People who come will be offered tours of the gardens and be shown some of the improvements that have been made and are in the process of being made.”

The Daniel Boone Native Gardens is 49 years old, and in its lifetime it has seen many a flower bloom, as well as relationships because it is one of the top wedding sites in the High Country.

“Lots of people in the area who were married there or attended weddings or other events, we would like all those people who consider the Daniel Boone Native Gardens to be a important part of the town of boone and a special place that needs to be conserved and taking care of to come out and show support,” Kaenzig said.

Tickets are available at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market on Saturday. Reserve tickets by mail at P.O Box 1750, Boone, N.C. 28607, or call 828-264-9727. For more information, click to www.danielboonenativegardens.org.