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32 WBM june 2015 I first met Stanley in the late 1980s, when I was Wilmington’s City Naturalist. My primary work then involved building an outdoor nature center at Greenfield Lake to house local species of plants and wild-life, including a flightless red-tailed hawk, along with several reptiles and amphibians that served as liv-ing ambassadors for my education programs. Right away, Stanley offered to help me secure flytraps and other plants for a large concrete-lined bog built inside the fenced nature center. It was his offer that introduced me to the art and practice of flytrap cul-tivation; from seed collection and germination, to propagating flytraps by rooting their leaves. Stanley, a college-schooled plant biologist and horticulturalist, was also an artist; he painted soil with flowering plants. I soon came to realize he was also a passionate and tireless conservation educator. Alderman Park, specifically the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden, is something of an enigma — its origins, anyway. When Stanley first toured me through the site, sometime in the late ’80s, his fledg-ling garden was little more than a curved depression about 150 feet long and maybe 20 to 30 feet wide. We speculated it was the result of a bull-dozer moving soil during construc-tion of Alderman School in the early 1960s. The serendipity of that earth-moving action came when Stanley stumbled onto the site, discovering a riot of carnivorous plants had invaded the low, wet place created by the chance activity of heavy equipment. One man’s quest to create a garden for his beloved flytrap — a place where people could see this wondrous example of southeastern North Carolina’s most famous plant — ensued, made famous by Stanley himself. Stanley gardened for love, as much as for the science of it all, and he embraced any and all who wanted to share his passion for our region’s plant communities. Stanley’s garden has experienced setbacks in recent years, including illegal flytrap poaching in 2013. But


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