Seeing the recent renovation of the greenhouse at Lake Junaluska deeply moved longtime volunteer Barbara Stanton, she said.
Improvements that enhance the gardening and landscaping initiatives she has helped support as a volunteer for 20 years were made possible through a charitable gift from her son, Dale Stanton-Hoyle, in her honor. A plaque hanging in the greenhouse says the gift and renovation honors Stanton’s “love of the lake, grounds and natural beauty of God’s creation.”
As part of the renovation, the greenhouse received new plastic and a new water heater, an improved airflow system, strengthened support beams and other equipment updates.
“Connecting with nature and experiencing the overwhelming beauty of the grounds is a key part of renewal,” said Lake Junaluska executive director Ken Howle. “This charitable gift to transform the greenhouse today enables Lake Junaluska to continue our mission of renewal well into the future. Because of the generosity of the Stanton-Hoyle family, both residents and visitors will continue to experience the renewing power of these grounds for years to come.”
Melissa Tinsley, landscape manager at Lake Junaluska, said the greenhouse looks beautiful and the renovations will make a difference not only in energy efficiency, but also to the more than 8,000 plants cultivated there annually. The new greenhouse heater is 97 percent efficient, she said.
A renovation celebration event in late August featured remarks, a prayer of dedication and ribbon-cutting in which Stanton and Tinsley used garden shears to cut a ribbon held by Howle and Roddy Ray, the retired Lake Junaluska landscape manager under whom the greenhouse was established and the renovation project initiated.
Stanton said she has enjoyed working with Ray and the garden club over the years, because the gardens are such an important part of the experience of visiting Lake Junaluska.
“When I‘m walking around, it’s so nice to hear people say, ‘Oh, it’s looking so good this year,’” said Stanton. “It’s very rewarding.”