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What are they doing at the Fragrance Garden at Greenfield Lake?

Ken Little

The Rotary Wheel, park amphitheater and Fragrance Garden at Greenfield Lake are all part of an upcoming ribbon cutting by the Cape Fear Garden Club during the Azalea Festival, said Nina Johnston, Wilmington city parks superintendent.

“The Cape Fear Garden Club awarded the city parks (department) a $5,000 donation to be used for irrigation inside the Rotary Wheel and also for new trees and plant material for the Fragrance Garden and amphitheater area,” Johnson said.

The donation is part of an enhancement project sponsored by the garden club, she said.

“Parks employees are handling the design and installation, and the funding is coming from the Cape Fear Garden Club,” Johnston said.

Budget shortfalls prompted the city to trim about $13,000 from the landscaping budget in fiscal year 2009-10, which resulted in empty Fragrance Garden planters last year.

The garden remains a popular spot for weddings. City parks employees were able to plant a few hibiscus and perennial plants in 2010 that were kept alive the previous winter in a greenhouse.

Wilmington-area Rotary clubs have extensive involvement in the Rotary Wheel project. The clubs have provided funds and volunteer manpower for plantings on the wheel, according to Rotary member Stuart Benson.

Rotary volunteers recently planted more than 4,000 daffodil bulbs, and 230 Encore azaleas were donated by the patent-holder of the constant-blooming azalea type, according to Benson.

The azaleas will be planted by Rotary volunteers in March 2011. Meanwhile, Rotary volunteers will continue pressure-washing sidewalks, painting the gazebo in the wheel’s center and purchasing new signage in preparation for the Azalea Festival.

Benson said the Wilmington city parks division has designed and installed the irrigation system and supplied manpower to replant sod reclaimed from Legion Stadium, which was recently converted to artificial turf.

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