Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about the great outdoors in the Triangle – parks, trails and green spaces under blue skies. So brush up on your trail etiquette, lace up those shoes, slather on the sunscreen and join us for some fresh air and fun times.
Technically the Sandhills of Moore County isn’t within the Triangle “proper” (as I’ve defined the region I call home). But there’s a really lovely garden near Pinehurst you may want to explore, especially since some of you may be traveling in that direction for a major PGA event this month.
Sandhills Horticultural Gardens on the campus of Sandhills Community College is a treat. Just as Disney World has different themes within the park, the horticultural garden is home to more than a dozen themed landscapes, maintained by students of the landscape and gardening program at the college. As you walk along paths through the 32 acre site, you’ll discover a large holly maze garden, a formal English rose garden, even a fruit and vegetable garden.
Photo opportunities abound in a native flower garden where butterflies flit from bloom to bloom. Entry to the succulent garden is through a winding, stucco corridor that opens to a courtyard, leaving you feeling as though you’ve stepped into a south western clime. Along another path, you’ll find the large sand Zen garden in the Japanese themed section, as well as a cool shelter to meditate in for a few moments.
Entry to the horticultural gardens is free and they are open from dawn to sunset every day. Next time you’re in the Sandhills, I’d recommend including a visit to Pinehurst’s other fine example of landscape management at the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens.