Bullington Gardens Announces Master Plan for Future Growth

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A Garden with Heart


 Bullington Gardens, a horticultural education center and public botanical garden, announces plans to redesign and expand the usability of its grounds to enhance the organization’s mission.

Over 20 years ago, as Bullington 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 residents of Henderson County. 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 Bullington Gardens’ 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 Matt Sprouse is again onboard to reimagine Bullington’s future. Together with Amy Fahmy of Siteworks Studios, this creative team is designing a comprehensive plan to utilize undeveloped parts of Bullington’s grounds, improve accessibility, and add more areas for outdoor events and parking.

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The latest phase of the project is a design by Siteworks Studios with construction drawings including a site layout, grading and drainage, and details for parking and roadway access.

Bullington Gardens’ long-standing, perennial relationships of the past are also the seeds of its future. The master plan is blooming with the support of Dogwood Health Trust; Amy Fahmy and Matt Sprouse of Siteworks Studios; and Bullington Gardens’ planning committee John Vining, Jane Davis, Ron Rich, Connie Smith, Mary Martin, Joellen Johnson and Nancy Gilchrist.