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Bullington Gardens unveils new master plan

Bullington Gardens’ new master plan envisions a new pavilion, restrooms and expanded meeting space on 12 acres. [SITEWORKS STUDIOS] Bullington Gardens’ new master plan envisions a new pavilion, restrooms and expanded meeting space on 12 acres. [SITEWORKS STUDIOS]

Bullington Gardens announced plans to redesign and expand the usability of its grounds to enhance the organization’s mission.

 

Over 20 years ago, as the horticultural education center and public botanical garden was germinating in its earliest seedling stage, director John Murphy and landscape architect Matt Sprouse imagined ways the grounds could be used by both the students and visitors. Bullington Gardens has since become a popular destination for gardening enthusiasts, tourists, families and students. 

Today, Bullington’s leadership is imaging how the next 20 years might look for programming and usability of its 12-acre property. At the heart of these plans is the nonprofit's mission to educate and inspire children and adults in horticulture, the natural sciences and integrated disciplines.

A grant from Dogwood Health Trust helps fund the comprehensive planning. The Trust is a North Carolina not-for-profit corporation with the sole purpose of dramatically improving the health and well-being of all people and communities across Western North Carolina. 

Landscape architect Sprouse is again on board to reimagine Bullington’s future. Together with Amy Fahmy of Siteworks Studios, the creative team is designing a comprehensive plan to use undeveloped parts of Bullington’s grounds, improve accessibility and add more areas for outdoor events and parking. The latest phase of the project is a design by Siteworks with construction drawings including a site layout, grading and drainage, and details for parking and roadway access.

Bullington Gardens is located at 95 Upper Red Oak Trail in Hendersonville. For more information, call 828-698-6104 or visit bullingtongardens.org.