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Land is purchased

to build a small reservoir with wooden pipes to carry water for The Original Water Works of TIBBS RUN RESERVOIR.
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Reservoir is enlarged to meet the water needs of Morgantown

More than seven miles of 12 inch pipe is laid in 1925 to carry water to Morgantown. A resident caretaker lived in a small house to the left of the current entrance, where there is only a foundation left today. His job was to treat the water, which he accomplished with lime and calgon to prevent it from becoming “roily”.
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Morgantown disconnects the Tibbs Run Reservoir

A new water system is built for the city, and the Tibbs Run Reservoir becomes a place to swim and picnic. It was finally drained in 1980.
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The Landscape Arboretum Task Force is assembled

to identify needs of a garden and discuss potential sites. Of this group, Bradford Bearce, Edie Jett, and George Longenecker are still active.
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The task force changed the name to the West Virginia Botanic Garden

On December 13, the certificate of incorporation was issued by the Secretary of State.
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Logo competition

A logo competition for the botanic garden sponsored by Susan Barry, Barry’s Office Service, is won by Irma Barazzone of Fairmont.

 
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1st look at Tibbs Run as a future site of the Garden

In March, Florence Merow, Richard Zimmerman, and George Longenecker meet with Tom Urquhart, executive director of the Morgantown Utility Board, to explore the use of the Tibbs Reservoir property.
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A near miss

The Morgantown Utility Board proposes to strip mine coal at Tibbs Reservoir. Milt Cohen sounds the alarm and area neighbors ask City Council chambers to object. The proposal is voted down.
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The Tibbs Run Coalition is formed

when the Morgantown Utility Board proposes timbering the Tibbs and Mayfield tracts. The coalition is charged with preparing a management plan for Tibbs Run.
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The Coalition recommends the site be used as a botanic garden

in a plan presented to City Council. Dan Boroff, the city manager, stipulates that to become a botanic garden, the West Virginia Botanic Garden must be incorporated, recognized as a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status, and carry two million dollars liability insurance.
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Initial lease negotiations

Negotiations culminate with a lease agreement on May 18, 1999, when City Council enacts Ordinance 099-16. The agreement allows for limited timbering before the West Virginia Botanic Garden, Inc. takes possession of the land.
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A home at last

On June 13, City Council authorizes the West Virginia Botanic Garden, Inc. to take active control of the Tibbs Run property
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  • The upper loop parking area is completed.
  • The entrance is widened, the entry flower beds are designed by Sven Velinden and planted by WVU horticulture students and the gate is relocated.
  • An entrance sign is designed by George Longenecker, constructed and installed by Ellen Hrabovsky.
  • A bridge across Jones Run is proposed and later donated by the Appalachian Hardwood Center.

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  • The public is invited to the first organized mushroom walk and tree removal demonstration.
  • The first brochure is designed and printed.
  • The public is invited to the first Gardens of the Mon garden tour held at various private homes throughout the county.

[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”Signing the lease” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”fade_in” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]City Council grants West Virginia Botanic Garden, Inc. a long-term renewable lease on the property.
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Following public input, a Master Plan is developed

by LaQuatra/Bonci landscape architects to guide the development of the Garden.
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  • Shade house is built to house donated plants.
  • Work begins on the Eclectic Garden at the entrance.

[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”Our 1st grant” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”fade_in” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]The first grant of $55,480 is presented to Board members by Governor Wise from the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trail Program. The grant provides an 80/20 matching funds.
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The 1st garden is planted in the reservoir basin

The Shade Garden, designed by George Longenecker, is planted with the help of several volunteer groups.
[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”Volunteer groups lend a hand” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”fade_in” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]Site work continues with the Eagle Scouts, Morgantown Learning Academy, Mountaineer Challenge Academy, and several WVU classes and clubs.

 
[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”1st bench donation” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”fade_in” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]In honor of their 75th Anniversary, the West Virginia Garden Clubs donate a bench, now located in the Shade Garden.

 
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A new entrance road

and second parking lot are completed. Landscapes Plus is contracted to build the new entrance road and parking lot which is completed in the summer of 2006.
[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”Completion of the Reservoir Loop” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”fade_in” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]Landscapes Plus also wins the bid to install the first three-quarter-mile long handicapped accessible trail.
[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”Butterfly Garden creation” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”fade_in” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]Construction begins on the Butterfly Garden designed by George Longenecker. The two wings are planted by volunteers.
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Gateway to the Garden Celebration is held

in June to recognize donors and volunteers at the Botanic Garden.
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Our 1st employee

A part-time Volunteer Coordinator/Education Director is hired.
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Construction begins on Wetlands Boardwalk

First section of the boardwalk is completed and associated interpretive signs are installed.
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Completion of Wetlands Boardwalk

Additional interpretive signs are added.
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A longer lease

A new 25-year lease with the City of Morgantown is signed.
[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”Growth of the Gardens” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”fade_in” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]Enhancements are made to the Shade Garden and a new Secret Garden is created.
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Infrastructure improvements

Utilities for the future development of the Garden are installed.
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Dam breach is begun

The required breach of the Tibbs Run reservoir dam is underway – this is one of the first steps toward the development of the water features proposed in the Master Plan.
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[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”A stragetic plan for growth is completed” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]The WVBG engages two nationally recognized experts in public garden design and management to help the Board of Directors develop a strategic plan.
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[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”Assistance received for completion of the Welcome Center” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]WVBG receives funding from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for the purchase of equipment and creation of a vegetated roof for the new Welcome Center.
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A part-time Administrative Assistant is hired

[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”Funding is received for an updated Master Plan” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]The Dominion Foundation Environmental Stewardship grants program awards the WVBG $25,000 to support hiring a landscape architecture firm to develop a new Core Master Plan.
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A change in leadership

George Longenecker steps down as Executive Director and the WVBG hires a new part-time Executive Director, Bill Mills, in April.
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[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”A new home for activities” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]The Welcome Center is essentially complete.  The administrative offices move into the building in June.  A dedication is held, and the new Education Center hosts Summer Nature Camp and other activities.
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between the Rhododendron and Shade Gardens.  The new area is celebrated at the annual fundraising dinner.

[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”New Core Master Plan is completed” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]After soliciting input from stakeholders, as well as an implementation plan with approximate costs for each phase. These will provide important guidance for future development of the Garden.
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The installation of this device prompts the initiation of CPR, AED, and first aid training for staff and volunteers.

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Executive Director becomes full-time

on January 1, 2017 with the assistance of the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust.
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[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”The Garden changes its name” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]The Board of Directors votes to add ‘at Tibbs Run Preserve’ to our name to better describe our site, which is a combination of more formal gardens and natural hemlock forest in the area closest to Tibbs Run.
[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”The Garden hosts its first Dinner Series” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]’A Season of Good Taste’ offers the chance to dine at the Welcome Center with renowned local chefs.
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to complement the new Welcome Center, with donations from Karl and Pam Yagle.

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[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”Rhododendron Garden is enhanced with bulbs and herbaceous plants” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]adding texture, color, and bloom to the area.
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[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”A part-time Educator and Groundskeeper are hired” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”][/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”A new Summer Nature Camp is created” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]Camp SOAR (Stewardship, Outdoor Appreciation, and Readiness) is created for children Grades 5-8 by our new Educator, bringing Nature Camp up to five weeks.
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Upstairs kitchen in the Welcome Center is completed

with new cabinets and appliances, essentially completing the works on the building.
[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”Welcome Center becomes Education & Event Center” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]The building is renamed to more accurately represent its function.
[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”Library is established” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]Two dedicated volunteers catalog the WVBG library, and create an online interface for the collection.
[/et_pb_vertical_timeline_item][et_pb_vertical_timeline_item title=”Our Mission Statement is updated” use_read_more=”off” font_icon=”%%59%%” icon_color=”#0b5023″ circle_color=”#ffffff” animation=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.106″ text_font=”||||” headings_font=”||||”]The Board of Directors votes to update our mission statement.
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 with a gift American Boxwoods Cole Nurseries, and many contributions gifted to the Garden to memorialize departed loved ones.

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next to the lower parking lot.

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A change in leadership

Bill Mills Retires as Executive Director in January.  Former President Dave Barnett serves as Interim Executive Director until Philip Smith is hired for the position in April.

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and erected at the main entrance on Tyrone Road.

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with funding from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust.

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to highlight unique mosses and lichens that grow in the reservoir basin.

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as part of a photo contest in conjuction with Arts Monongahela.

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is a great success, attracting over 200 people to the Garden.

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WVBG celebrates 20 years at Tibbs Run

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as part of an Eagle Scout project.

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