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The Heritage Garden was established in 1997 as a living museum garden devoted to the Southern Appalachian culture, horticulture, and craft. A covered teaching shed and gathering space provide opportunities for distance learning, UNC-TV educational programming, and hands-on learning about cultivation techniques that support the multi-million dollar craft industry.
The Heritage Garden showcases plants associated with four hand crafts: broom making, basket making, hand papermaking, and natural dyes, as well medicinal plants used as botanical remedies historically and today.
A reconstructed stone chimney and fireplace allow students to use tools and methods for natural dye making and crafts and serves as a backdrop for distance learning efforts in concert with UNC-TV and other scientific outreach programs.