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DONNA M. THOMPSON/CAPE FEAR GARDEN CLUB
A Match Made in the Garden
EVERY YEAR the Cape Fear Garden Club
bestows three awards for outstanding
landscape in the greater Wilmington area.
The Beauty Spot, as the award is
called, is given for the categories of neighborhood,
business and residence.
In June the Cape Fear Garden Club awarded its
Beauty Spot prize to the Harbor Island Garden
Club’s Harbor Way Garden.
“Wrightsville Beach’s Harborway Garden is
truly the entrance to all the neighborhoods at
Wrightsville Beach,” says Wayne Grimes of the Cape Fear Garden Club.
Grimes, chairperson for the Beauty Spot awards, says last September’s hurricane was actually
the catalyst for the club receiving the award.
“They turned a tragedy into a blessing in that garden,” Grimes says. Hurricane Florence destroyed
a great deal of the garden.
Harbor Island Garden Club volunteers were literally in tears, just overwhelmed by the destruc-tion.
Club members reached out to people everywhere to help. And the Cape Gear Garden Club
was among those responding.
“You wouldn’t believe the response,” Grimes says. “There was a lot of coming together, a lot of
Friendships formed. The garden became a popular stop on the Cape Fear Club’s annual Azalea
Festival Garden Tour in May, receiving rave reviews. — Pat Bradford
— Pat Bradford
Harbor Island Garden Club won the Neighborhood Award for Harbor Way Gardens when the Cape Fear Garden Club presented three
Beauty Spot Outstanding Landscape Awards on June 3. Signa Stalvey, chairperson of the Cape Fear Garden Club’s 2019 Azalea Garden
Tour, with Elise Running of the Harbor Island Garden Club.