The Town of Cary was at one time the "Gourd Capital of the World." But the annual Gourd Festival, at the time the town's longest-running festival, outgrew the Town of Cary in the 1970s and moved to Raleigh. Read the FoodCary article detailing why the Town lost the festival and forfeited its esoteric and quaintly singular appellation.

Venus Flytrap, a wonder of the plant world, native to North Carolina. It can be seen at the New York Botanic Garden. (Click or tap to expand.)

How nice it would be to regain the title!

Cary residents wanting to stroll the bucolic grounds of a botanical garden or arboretum have the choice of driving to Raleigh [JC Raulston or Juniper Level], to Chapel Hill [Coker or William Lanier Hunt], or to Durham [Sarah P. Duke].

If elected, I'll push for the Town to establish its own facility.

In addition to quiet beauty, botanic gardens in other jurisdictions often provide a significant source of revenue for their towns and cities. An official of the Denver Botanic Gardens desribed that facility to me as a "cash cow," and said that it contributed a significant amount each year to Denver's treasury. The latest financial statement I've been able to find shows that the gardens in 2018 turned a profit of over $3.5 million.

In keeping with my campaign to have every element and function of the Town contribute in its way to the healing and betterment of the environment, we note a recent report by Botanic Gardens Conservation International, which explains that its member gardens provide sanctuary and protection for 40% of the world's endangered plant species.

The citizens of these jurisdictions [and their guests] enjoy the beauty and quiet splendor of their gardens: [click or tap an image to enlarge it.]

Hawaii The Bronx Brooklyn Wayne, Pennsylvania
Cleveland Columbus, Ohio Coral Gables Dallas
Denver Ft. Worth Gainesville Memphis
Norfolk Phoenix San Francisco Washington, D.C.