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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Nature Notes: Our World Tuesday

I took the first shot from the car as we cut through NCSU to get to the WRAL Azalea Garden.

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The morning was overcast but the storms weren't forecast until early afternoon so we took a chance on a garden walk.

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We have had a spectacular spring.

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In some ways having a relatively cold winter without many intermittent warmer days like we have some winters, helped with spring.

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One problem we can have is when flowers get going too early and are zapped by cold snaps.

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This year most of the early flowers waited until spring to start blooming and so far April has had moderate temperatures.

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We've had very few days where it has started to be hot and some nights have been chilly but it has been a while since we've had a hard freeze.

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At this point we are almost past the average last frost date for central NC and I'm optimistic that we will not have any periods cold enough to damage flowers.

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Capitol Broadcasting Company founder A.J. Fletcher created the WRAL Gardens as a service to the community. The WRAL Gardens opened to the public in 1959, three years after WRAL-TV went on the air as the first VHF station in Raleigh. The WRAL Gardens surround WRAL-TV’s studios on Western Boulevard in Raleigh , NC.*

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“I did it because I knew it would be beautiful,” said Fletcher of his beloved gardens. “It was simply my way of paying a tribute to beauty for beauty’s sake.”*

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Fletcher loved azaleas and enjoyed finding new varieties to enjoy. He decided to share that passion with the general public, personally overseeing the installation of a thousand azaleas to create the gardens.*

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The 5-acre property containing WRAL-TV’s studios, the corporate offices of Capitol Broadcasting Company and the WRAL Gardens sits on the corner of Western Blvd and Avent Ferry Road , only a few miles from downtown Raleigh. The gardens now sit adjacent to the new Centennial Parkway as well.*

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* The information about the azalea garden above was taken from the WRAL garden history site located here.

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Last year when we visited the garden many of the azaleas were past their peak bloom period.

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This year we hit it at a great time to see the blooms.

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It must be nice for the people who work at the studio to be able to take breaks in the garden.

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I know that I like having a garden close to where I work.

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