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Betty And Robert Balentine Honored As Preservation Heroes At Local Arboretum


September 4, 2017

Betty And Robert Ballentine, founders of the Southern Highlands Reserve, have won the 2017 Preservation Hero Award from the Library of American Landscape History.

Library of American Landscape History, a nonprofit publisher based in Amherst, Mass., announces the recipients of the 2017 Preservation Hero Award, Betty and Robert Balentine of Atlanta. The award celebrates the Balentines' visionary work in establishing the Southern Highlands Reserve, a native plant arboretum and research center in Lake Toxaway, N.C. Established in 2002 as a private operating foundation, the Southern Highlands Reserve is dedicated to sustaining the rare ecosystems of the Blue Ridge Mountains through the preservation, cultivation, and display of plants native to the region....

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