The Town of Cary was at one time the "Gourd Capital of the World." But the annual Gourd Festival, at the time the town's longest-running festival, outgrew the Town of Cary in the 1970s and moved to Raleigh. Read the CaryCitizen article detailing why the Town lost the festival and forfeited its esoteric and quaintly singular appellation.

Venus Flytrap, a wonder of the plant world, native to North Carolina. It can be seen at the New York Botanic Garden. (Click or tap to expand.)

How nice it would be to regain the title!

Cary residents wanting to stroll the bucolic grounds of a botanical garden or arboretum have the choice of driving to Raleigh [JC Raulston or Juniper Level], to Chapel Hill [Coker or William Lanier Hunt], or to Durham [Sarah P. Duke].

If elected, I'll push for the Town to establish its own facility.

The decision will be made whether the Town will maintain the facility as a no-cost amenity for citizens and visitors [as many jurisdictions do] or to configure it as a proft-making entity that will contribute monies to the Town's General Fund, as does, for example, the Denver Botanical Gardens and several other facilities.

In keeping with my campaign to have every element and function of the Town contribute in its way to the healing and betterment of the environment, we note a recent report by Botanic Gardens Conservation International, which explains that its member gardens provide sanctuary and protection for 40% of the world's endangered plant species.

The citizens of these jurisdictions [and their guests] enjoy the beauty and quiet splendor of their gardens: [click or tap an image to enlarge it.]

Hawaii The Bronx Brooklyn Wayne, Pennsylvania
Cleveland Columbus, Ohio Coral Gables Dallas
Denver Ft. Worth Gainesville Memphis
Norfolk Phoenix San Francisco Washington, D.C.