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NLS Technical Committee Member Featured in Times-News

Sandi Bagby, New Leaf’s own “Plant Lady,” was featured in the Burlington Times-News on January 21st for her work in Mebane, especially with the new Fifth Street Pocket Park. View Article Here.


David Smith’s Book “Architectural Treasures of Alamance County” to Benefit New Leaf Society

Architectural Treasures of Alamance County,  a coffee book displaying the beautiful architectural features found only in Alamance County is now on sale with all proceeds benefiting New Leaf Society.  David Smith, owner of CHASE Builders, Inc., is the creator of this project.

“Great architecture is as profound as a moving painting, a powerful speech, or an ornate garden landscape. It is something that can propel us forward in life, something that gives us the belief that this is all worthwhile.” Smith says in the book’s introduction. Sample photos of the book can be seen below.

With the holidays approaching, this is the perfect gift! Books may be purchased at the Glen Raven, Inc. Front Lobby. 1831 N. Park Avenue, Glen Raven, NC  27217 (Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm)   by making a contribution for $50.00 or more for one book. Contributions are payable by check (New Leaf Society) or exact change, only.

You may also purchase a copy at one of the upcoming book signings:

Saturday, December 23rd from 10am – 12noon at Alamance Arts, 213 S. Main St., Graham, NC  27253; (336) 226-4495;

Saturday, January 27th from 11am – 1pm at May Memorial Library, 342 S. Spring St., Burlington, NC  27215; (336) 229-3588;

Copies can be purchased outside of the book signings

Campaign Video for Burlington Arboretum

Graham Regional Park Opens with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Graham Regional Park opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 13, 2017. This park is the first phase of what is hoping to be a 118 acre park. It is currently 18 acres. New Leaf contributed to these project by donation $10,000 to go towards trees and plantings. To read the article by the Burlington Times-News, please visit:

City of Graham’s Melody Wiggins Honored in Times-News

The City of Graham’s Recreation & Parks Director for 21 years, Melody Wiggins, will retire the end of January. Wiggins was an instrumental part in the obtaining and implementing a multi-phase project that will ultimately be the City of Graham Recreation Complex. Wiggins and the City of Graham have been wonderful partners to New Leaf and we wish her the best in her retirement. Read the Times-News feature: Melody Wiggins – Burlington Times-News

You may also visit the City of Graham project here


Burlington City Council Approves Arboretum Plans in Burlington Times-News

The Burlington City Council approved plans for the Burlington Arboretum at Willowbrook Park on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. This was featured in an article in the Burlington Times-News. You may view the article here: Council Approves Arboretum

You may also view a brief outline of the plans on our webpage: Burlington Arboretum @ Willowbrook Park


Champion Tree of Alamance County Contest

Alamance County is home to many wonderful, large trees with fascinating backstories. The Alamance Champion Tree Project celebrates these trees by finding, measuring and crowning the largest tree of its species, along with overall Grand Champions (not necessarily the largest of their species!) in three special categories:

  • Champion Tree: largest known tree in the county!

  • Historic Tree: a running list of trees that arguably hold the most historic significance. Must be at least fifty years old but don’t have to be the largest of their species.

  • Landmark Tree: a tree that commemorates a special occasion or holds significant value to an individual or group. Does not have to be the largest of its species.

The deadline to enter is November 4th and the winner will be announced November 12th. Happy Measuring!

To learn more, please visit: Alamance County Champion Trees

Burlington Times-News Thank You Letter

New Leaf Society was recently thanked in a letter to the editor for the beauifticaiton projects in Alamance County. We are thankful to be acknoweleged and are very thankful that our efforts are noticed and appreciated. To read the letter, please visit:

NC DOT Enhancement Project

On June 6, 2016, the NCDOT, a valuable partner to New Leaf, reopened the I-85/40 Westbound Rest Area complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The enhancement project featured a Textile Mill Theme with features from old mills, such as support beams from the Alamance Cotton Mill. The ceremony included a history of textile mills in Alamance County by Textile Heritage Museum Director Jerri Nall and appearances by State Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson and Glen Raven, Inc. President Leib Oehmig.

To learn more about the event, please visit the Times-News feature:

Grant Recognition

In the Fall of 2015, New Leaf awarded a $1,000 grant to the Friendship Adult Day Services Therapeutic Garden. This wonderful organization serves the citizens of Alamance County who need supervised day care while their families are working. The grant helped supply various supplies needed such as plant materials, pots, shovels, etc.

To learn more please visit:

Friendship Adult Day

Friendship Adult Day Horticulture Grant