botanic gardens are located in southern Wake County, North
Carolina about 20 minutes south of the State Capitol in
Raleigh. The garden had its start in August 1988, when Tony
and Michelle Avent moved to this 2.25 acre site from their
original smaller garden in West Raleigh. At that time, the
new property consisted of a recently constructed house in the
middle of a tobacco field with a vine-covered swamp at the
south, where deceased farm implements were buried.