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New Garden to Showcase Native Flora

A new garden in the works at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens will blend southeastern native flora, sustainable practices and smart home landscape design in a 1/5-acre showplace that will add to the diversity of these public gardens.

The design for the Mellichamp Native Terrace Garden combines common home landscape features – wooden and stone terraces, low stone walls, gravel paths and a dry/storm water-fed streambed. The garden will showcase a variety of native plants that fill common landscape needs, such as for groundcovers, specimen plants, flower borders, privacy hedges and foundation plantings.

It also will feature a rain garden, native lawn and lawn substitutes and a mini-meadow planting. The vision for this garden is to inspire and inform visitors about the beauty, horticultural utility and sustainability of the southeastern flora.

Washington Center Honors UNC Charlotte

The Washington Center has named UNC Charlotte its New Affiliate of the Year for 2014. The honor recognizes the University’s consistent and exceptional support of and partnership with the Washington Center.

Mike Smith, president of the Washington Center, stated UNC Charlotte and other center award recipients are shining examples of higher education institutions and organizations that place a priority on experiential learning.

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. It is the largest program of its kind.