An ancient proverb states, “Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.” The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo NC has taken this to heart. Since their founding over six decades ago as a memorial garden to the historical English colonists that first walked their sound-side shores, they have grown into a welcome home for birds and trees alike. Two new affiliations: NC Birding Trail and ArbNet, recognize and celebrate their commitment to the natural world.
“It’s almost unimaginable that six decades ago we were just a mixed bag of sand hills, briars and overgrown brush,” said Linda Davenport, chair of The Elizabethan Gardens Board of Governors. She elaborated, “We have grown since that time and have become a haven that celebrates nature. We are excited to announce these affiliations.”
NC Birding Trail is a partnership project of six agencies and organizations: NC Wildlife Resources Commission, NC State Parks, Audubon NC, US Fish & Wildlife Service, NC Sea Grant, and NC Cooperative Extension. The partnership was created to establish a driving trail linking known birding sites across North Carolina.
The Trail is partitioned into three regions: coastal plain, piedmont, and mountains. According to NC Birding Trail, I-95 is the border between the coastal plain and piedmont regions and I-77 is the border between the piedmont and mountain regions. Along with The Elizabethan Gardens, the coastal plain features over 100 sites.
Online guides and print publications direct bird enthusiasts to NC Birding Trail sites with details of birds found along the trail. To learn more about the NC Birding Trail visit: www.ncbirdingtrail.org.
Arbnet is a global network of tree-focused professionals. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is touted as “the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta based on a set of professional standards.”
Since their launch in 2011, ArbNet has grown to connect over 180 arboretum professionals. Their stated mission is, “to foster the establishment and professionalism of arboreta; identify arboreta capable of participating or collaborating in certain scientific, collections, or conservation activity; and advance the planting and conservation of trees.”
According to The Elizabethan Gardens’ garden manager, Jeffery Wulliez, “ArbNet recognizes The Elizabethan Gardens commitment to maintaining its living collections. As a Level II Accredited Arboretum, The Elizabethan Gardens strives to preserve, protect, and expand on its 100+ species of woody shrubs and trees.”
With data collected from The Elizabethan Gardens and other affiliated organizations, ArbNet keeps a current listing of worldwide arboreta called The Morton Register of Arboreta. To find discover more about Arbnet and the register, visit: www.ArbNet.org
The Elizabethan Gardens is a non-profit garden. The celebrated greenscape is a tranquil oasis nestled among the sun-soaked beaches of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Over six decades ago, The Garden Club of North Carolina created the pleasure garden to be a living memorial of the Elizabethan colonists that visited eastern North Carolina. The historic site is located next to Fort Raleigh National Park on Roanoke Island. The Elizabethan Gardens is open daily (except the month of February). Hours vary seasonally. For more information on happenings at The Elizabethan Gardens call 252.473-3234, or visit elizabethangardens.org.