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Photo exhibit celebrates botanist's life

by webdev

March 15, 2011

It's not every day that a photography exhibit is chock full of the pictures of beautiful flowers and plants, but a recent display in North Carolina showed off the dazzling images of wildflowers and carnivorous plants, according to

Many of the pictures are the work of the late botanist B.W. Wells, who moved up and down the coasts of the southeastern part of the state in order to protect the unique buds that bloomed there. He is featured in some of the photographs as well.

"We were blown away when we saw this," Camilla Herlevich, executive director of the N.C. Coastal Land Trust, told the news provider. "The man was such a visionary and so creative."

Wells documented many of the splendors of North Carolina's fresh flowers. Perhaps his most striking discovery was the Big Savannah, a 1,500-acre, treeless tract of land that was one of the biggest meadows in the United States.

He pioneered many of the practices of environmental conservation that are in wide use today and tried his hardest to protect the Big Savannah from being cultivated into farmland. His most famous work was his book, Natural Gardens of North Carolina.

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