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Duke Mansion announces plans to enhance gardens

In advance of its 100th anniversary in 2015, Duke Mansion officials announced Wednesday their plans to link two area parks with a walking loop on the property and enhance a number of its gardens.

The 4.5-acre historic Hermitage Road property has already refurbished two of the three gardens that will be part of a roughly 15-acre area visitors can walk and explore.

The mansion also announced Wednesday it’s been selected as a Proven Winners Signature Garden. Proven Winners is a North American plant brand developed and offered in partnership with several large greenhouses. The Duke Mansion will be one of four signature gardens in the nation and the only one in the Southeast.

Duke Mansion President Cyndee Patterson said the walking loop project is an opportunity to open previously inaccessible parts of the grounds to the public.

“The gardens give us a chance to turn a very public face,” she said. The projects are expected be complete before the end of 2015.

Hilary Trenda

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