I started this post with the intention of publishing it for last week's Blooming Friday theme of "Metamorphasis", but obviously I am late. I have been visiting the Gimghoul Road neighborhood over the last 30 years and it's my favorite place in Chapel Hill.
Like all neighborhoods, the Gimghoul Road neighborhood is changing and evolving. Gimghoul Road is home to the garden of twin sisters Bernice Wade and Barbara Stiles, which itself has undergone a lot of changes in the 57 years that Bernice Wade has lived there. A children's book has been written about the garden, but I wish there was a book for grown-ups documenting the changes in the property, with photographs and interviews with the sisters.
Originally the Gimghoul Road neighborhood housed many faculty members from UNC. Now it looks as though many of the houses have changed hands and work is being done on several of the houses which had started to look a little run-down.
The plaque on this freshly landscaped and manicured yard reads: "The last residence of Frank Porter Graham, February 16, 1972" (the date of his death). Graham was a graduate, professor, and 19-year President of UNC.
This new house was built where St. Thomas More Church used to stand.
Some of the houses maintain their patina and compactness of use
while others have been extensively but tastefully renovated and expanded. This house was always in beautiful shape but must be twice as big as it was originally. The expansion was almost seamlessly executed though
starting I believe with the breezeway-type room and 2nd storey addition and extending to the right.
Over the years more azaleas have been added too. :)
All of the lawns in this neighborhood are like green velvet.
Chapel Hill is famous for its stone walls, both mortar and dry stacked
and along with house remodeling there has been a lot of new stonework, brickwork and landscaping.
In addition to the house expansions and other construction, there has been in a change in the yards of this neighborhood. Inspired by the twin sisters, more people in the neighborhood now have gardens than they did several years ago.
Who wouldn't be inspired by this?
Front border in the garden of Bernice Wade and Barbara Stiles
to be continued...