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Outer Banks Ace Hardware donates to The Elizabethan Gardens

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Courtesy of The Elizabethan Gardens. From left: Shelia Varner, Ace Hardware Manteo Manager; Elizabethan Gardens personnel: Jeffrey Wulliez, garden manager; Bruce Erickson, special events; and Carl Curnutte, executive director.

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The Daily Reflector

Monday, March 13, 2017

Outer Banks Ace Hardware recently donated maintenance equipment to its Manteo neighbor, The Elizabethan Gardens.

“As a nonprofit we are dependent on support from volunteers, community and businesses,” Lou Ellen Flowers, board chairwoman, said. “Like many other nonprofits, we adjust and balance our budgets based on needs and demands.

“Our gardeners were in need of tools to keep our site growing beautifully, and Ace stepped in to help us with this, which in turn helps us in other areas of our garden.”

Garden manager Jeffrey Wulliez said Ace’s gift of a Stihl chainsaw and a Stihl “Kombi” system “will come in handy” in maintaining the grounds. He said the snap-on attachment system of the Stihl system would help with many tasks, from trimming hedges around the courtyard or the sunken gardens, to edging and refining beds, to reaching tall limbs with the pole extension.

“Our mechanical tools have a very useful lifespan,” Wulliez said. “They sculpt and trim nearly 10 acres — much more than your average yard. ... It’s a remarkable gift.”

Carl Curnutte, executive director of The Elizabethan Gardens, said Ace has been a consistent supporter, including the donation of a box truck, which was repurposed for onsite storage; donating items for auction and for use in The Gardens; and sponsoring home and garden tours, The Gardens anniversary and fundraisers.

"We are pleased to be able to help our neighbors at The Elizabethan Gardens by donating this much-needed Stihl outdoor power equipment,” Outer Banks Ace's Operations Manager Kathy Seko said. “Outer Banks Ace enjoys the partnership we've had with The Elizabethan Gardens over the years, and appreciate the important role they have played in our community's past, present and future on the Outer Banks."

The Garden Club of North Carolina adopted The Elizabethan Gardens as a project in 1951, and on Aug.18, 1960, The Gardens were formally opened. The Gardens is on the north end of Roanoke Island at 1411 National Park Drive in Manteo.

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