This is an old friend who has been faithful through my childhood and lives just around the corner from my new home. I wasn’t here in 1787 but suspect that a grandfather or two of the time were very close by. I can certainly feel its roots and mine connecting. I know from records that my family farmed and worked all the area in the Muddy Creek area of North Carolina. You’ve heard me say that my family moved here in the mid 1700’s and I’m living on land that they probably owned. I’m in the process of tracing that information through the Moravian Archives in Winston Salem, NC.
This mighty White Oak stands firmly in the park known as Tanglewood Park. We can thank the RJ Reynolds family for their generous efforts to make this and many other gardens a part of what they are today. They were garden enthusiast beyond their years. Today, I’ll be going to document what’s growing for this season. I’m there several times a week because it is almost in my backyard. I will have to pay an exorbitant fee of $2 to enter. I would gladly pay more to help with the conservation. The Master Gardeners of Forsyth County maintain the gardens today and have added many more beautiful and informational aspects to the original plan.
If you were with me, you would surely smell these overpowering boxwoods. It’s a trademark of the historical gardens. They can be seen in every setting.
I’m just headed out the door now but I’ll be back in just a bit with today’s —
My North Carolina