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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.

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