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Plant a row for the hungry – Raleigh, North Carolina

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Plant a Row for the Hungry – Community-wide Campaign Kickoff

Logan Trading Company, in partnership with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, is launching a Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR) campaign to encourage all gardeners to grow a little extra produce to donate to the hungry and homeless. The PAR campaign will be announced at Logan’s on Friday June 12th at noon by Mayor Charles Meeker. The kickoff event will be on Saturday, June 13th from 10am – 5:30pm at Logan Trading Co., 707 Semart Drive in downtown Raleigh. It will include activities for children, talks on growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables, and special give-aways.

PAR is a national campaign begun by the Garden Writers Association in 1995. The first interfaith_2color_revisedannual Raleigh PAR campaign will run from June 13 to September 26, 2009.  Food donations can be brought to Logan Trading Co. every Saturday from 9am-12noon or to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Monday – Friday 8AM-4PM.  Donations of seeds, gently used gardening tools, canned and dried foods are also welcome.

It may be hard to imagine, but the face of hunger in the Triangle isn’t just homeless people in our downtowns. It is the face of an elderly neighbor choosing between food and medication. It is the working parent who earns too much to qualify for food stamps so she goes without in order that her children are fed.  It is the middle class family dealing with job loss and relying on the local food pantry for donations.  Everyone can do something to help alleviate hunger in their community.  Donating as little as one pound of fresh produce – a few tomatoes or a couple of squash – can supplement up to four meals for a person in need.

Logan Trading Co. is an independent, family-owned garden center dedicated to fostering happy, healthy and beautiful communities.

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Tel: (919) 828-5337 or Cell Phone: (919) 418-2967


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In Print – Elizabethan gardens delight visitors

Virginia Dare

Virginia Dare

Metro Magazine

Here’s the originial copy:

The Elizabethan Gardens

By Helen Yoest

The Elizabethan Gardens is a unique American garden, with a definite nod to 16th century England.  Built on the site of the first English colony in the New World and staying authentic of the era, these gardens offer a wide appeal.

Horticulturists, nature lovers, history buffs, and culture seekers find their way to this historic site on the Roanoke Sound in Manteo, North Carolina.

Nestled under a canopy of Southern Magnolias, pines, dogwoods and ancient live oak trees, the garden was originally funded more than 50 years ago by the Garden Club of North Carolina and designed and built by M. Umberto Innocenti and Richard Webel.

A visit to The Elizabethan Gardens is very much like touring a great English estate.  Ten acres of gardens are designed with a mixture of both formal and naturalized areas.

The formal areas include an entrance garden designed with desirable parterres of clipped boxwood and filled with annuals to reflect the seasons.  The Shakespeare’s Herb Garden is filled with culinary, medicinal and sweet smelling herbs.

Of particular interest is the Sunken Gardens with a magnificent antique fountain donated by The Late Honorable John Hay Whitney, former Ambassador to the Courts of St. James and Mrs. Whitney.

The fountain dictated the design of a formal parterre pattern of clipped boxwood and yaupon hollies.  Surrounding the fountain is a circle of eight Crepe Myrtles.  Each year, the trees are pollarded to maintain their size.  In doing so, the ends of each branch form gnarled orbs that have become individual works of art.  During the summer, their watermelon-colored flowers are simply striking.

The naturalized areas have you trod on ground softened by fallen leaves and pine needles with walls of azaleas and camellias.

A summer stroll will reveal many different types of hydrangeas.  Climbing hydrangeas grace the Gatehouse wall in the Courtyard.  The sweet scent wafts the area making it difficult to venture on.  Linger long enough to satisfy, but then be ready for the sight of lacecap and mophead hydrangea blooms beckoning you in blue.  Naturally pink cultivars also abound along with Oak leaf hydrangeas with their white blooms fading to a rosy pink.

Lining the Great Lawn are daylilies offering several weeks of great color and delight.  Perennial sunflowers, rain lilies, Stokes Asters, Gardenias, and coneflowers will also welcome you, as well as, the wildlife.

The natural paths will lead you to the octagonal shaped Gazebo.  Built to period specifications with a thatched roof over looking the Roanoke sound, it is also sighted at the perfect moment to rest.

As you journey back, you will meet Virginia Dare, or at least the artist’s rendition of the first child born to the new world, if she had lived.  Sculpted in Italy by American sculptor, Maria Louis Lander, in 1859, the statue stands at the place of the child’s’ birth, now a young woman looking towards the future.


The Elizabethan Gardens

Open year-round seven days a week

Closing times vary with season

1411 National Park Drive

Manteo, NC 27954

(252) 473-3234

Self guided tour open 7 days a week year round

Be sure to visit the Gatehouse Gift shop offering unique items and plants propagated in greenhouses located on the gardens grounds.

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