Autumn at Arbor Gate: Alamance County’s hidden secret – Burlington Times News

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Autumn at Arbor Gate: Alamance County’s hidden secret – Burlington Times News


Arbor Gate garden wraps around the Alamance County Agricultural Building.

Hidden away in the heart of Alamance County and wrapped around the Agricultural Building, you’ll find a gem of a public garden, a garden we hope remains a secret no longer.

In 2002, Arbor Gate was conceived as a teaching tool to train future Extension Master Gardeners. Since then, the garden not only fulfills that purpose, but is also used by agents and Master Gardeners to help demonstrate gardening techniques and showcase plants suited to our Alamance County gardens and landscapes.

The gardens continue to be lovingly maintained by extension Master Gardener volunteers under the guidance of N.C. State Cooperative Extension Service and each year brings something new to the collection of garden spaces.

Every season has its own stunning display, but in autumn, Arbor Gate takes on a special glow.

Arbor Gate garden path

The garden spaces can provide inspiration for your own home landscape, offering solutions for every situation:

  • Have a hot, dry spot? Look to our parking lot scree garden for ideas.
  • Do you have drainage issues on your property? See what we’ve done in our rain garden.
  • Do you have a lot of trees creating dry shade? You’ll be surprised by what’s blooming under our venerable silver maple.

Our little bog garden features fascinating carnivores like North Carolina’s native pitcher plants — just right for that soggy
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