December 17, 2016

It was something like 3 degrees above zero last night, and the last few days have been below freezing. This has, of course, slowed the progress on the Visitors’ Center exterior, but you can see from the lead photo that solar panels are up and that the entrance is progressing. The interior is heated, so wall-boarding has been going on and the final structural aspects of the building are under way.

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Devin and Luke have been erecting the last needed exterior wall near the front entrance, which should be completed by year’s end.


Always there are invasives—in the winter mostly greenbriar—to remove.


On the management side, we have added five directors to the board of the Quarry Gardens Foundation, augmenting Bernice and I. These are: Harold Ashby, Bernice’s brother and former partner in Coopers and Lybrand, from Siesta Key, Florida; Mark Chase, railroad and soapstone buff, developer of our model of the Nelson and Albemarle Railroad, of Richmond, Virginia; Devin Floyd, plant and garden guru, from Charlottesville, Virginia; Robert Gilwee, CPA and partner in a Baltimore accounting firm, of Towson, Maryland; and AJ Thieblot, son, of Austin, Texas. All have agreed to serve, and we welcome their participation.