UNCG Campus Weekly

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Serene and shaded: UNCG’s Elizabeth Herring Garden

On the north side of campus, across the Peabody Park Bridge, is one of UNCG’s most beloved gardens. Located outside the School of Music Building, the Elizabeth Herring Garden stands as a living memorial from one dedicated UNCG patron to his wife, celebrating her love of music and nature.

Dr. William B. Herring, MD, Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, shared a deep love of music with his wife, Elizabeth. A Wake Forest University graduate, Elizabeth “Betty” Hawks Herring was active in the music world in North Carolina. In addition to singing in choirs, she supported the Greensboro Symphony, the Eastern Music Festival and the Greensboro Opera Company. She and Dr. Herring were early members of UNCG’s Musical Arts Guild and devotedly supported the School of Music, now part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Betty, however, also enjoyed gardening; her home was surrounded by blooming plants. At UNCG, Dr. Herring saw an opportunity to combine his wife’s two great loves into an everlasting gift: In 1996, while exploring other opportunities for supporting the School of Music, he embarked on the idea of creating a garden to complement the recently-completed Music Building. Dedicated on October 2, 1999, and completed in 2000, the Elizabeth Herring Garden quickly became a cherished hidden wonder on campus.

By Michelle Danner-Groves

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