Junaluska garden is indeed a gem

To the Editor:

This letter is further comment on Quintin Ellison’s column about the Corneille Bryan Native Garden at Lake Junaluska (The Smoky Mountain News, May 18-24). After reading about the garden, my husband and I set out to find it, and we were not disappointed.

This is truly a spot to be treasured and enjoyed in all seasons. The collection of native plants is amazing for the relatively small area. With the help of pamphlets available for a self-guided tour, and labels on plants along the way, we were able to identify many varieties we’d never seen before. 

Walking through the garden is not only educational. It is pure pleasure, a treat for all the senses: plants to see and smell, texture for touch, hearing the chorus of birds, and tasting air freshened by greenery. Well-placed benches along the way also allow one to sit quietly and simply contemplate the wonder of this “gem at Junaluska”.

Many thanks to those who maintain this beautiful hideaway and to Quintin for sharing her knowledge of it.

Lenore Snell

Dillsboro

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