Nancy Roberts Pope Memorial Narcissus Collection
Nancy Roberts Pope, whose favorite flower was the Poet’s daffodils (Narcissus poeticus), was a student in the Garden’s landscape design program when she passed away from illness. Parents Jane and John Roberts established a fund in her memory, which has supported annual expansion of daffodil collection for a decade. They also donated a charming curved bench and a wheelchair-accessible, paved walkway through the woodland garden Mrs. Pope’s engaging poem about her beloved flowers is cast in bronze.
At the Flagler Garden’s northern edge, an intimate garden and gazebo were donated by the family of Christopher Robins (Rob) Haskell in honor of his life. Mr. Haskell, who tragically passed away in his twenties, was the grandson of the garden’s generous benefactors Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins Sr. For enhancement of the visitor experience, Flagler Pavilion lighting was presented by Ethel Mahone and Wirt Atkinson Christian Sr. and garden benches were provided by Nathalie and Philip Klaus Sr.
Dot’s Garden is currently in development. It is a tribute to the life of Dot Robelen, dedicated volunteer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The site was carefully chosen by her husband, Don Robelen, and the Robelen family. Containing several beautiful mature specimen plants this area was designed to be beautiful in all four seasons with an under planting of several beautiful shade-loving woodland perennials.