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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — On this Arbor Day many folks gathered at Airlie Gardens to celebrate the leadership and dedication of two former New Hanover County Commissioners.

Airlie dedicated live oaks in honor of Bobby Greer and Bill Caster to represent the work they did in office to make sure the public garden was not developed.

Airlie Gardens Director Jim McDaniel says live oaks were chosen for dedication as a symbol.

“Airlie is famous for its Airlie Oak, which is 468 years old, so we planted live oaks to symbolize both the strength that it took and the resolve that the trees have to show the leadership for the purchase of the property,” McDaniel said.

County Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield said he hopes the county knows how much Greer and Caster helped our area.


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