Avent said. In addition to their beauty in the landscape, he said, many of the plants offer medicinal promise. Researchers often come to the property to study the plants.
Avent said that as he looks for a way to turn the garden over to the university, he thinks about how fortunate he has been in running it for so long.
“It’s been a fascinating life,” he said. “I’m so blessed to have had the opportunity and to have met the people we have. They come out here, and we can show them what’s possible.”
Donations to the endowment can be made through N.C. State University’s website.