Our Financial Story

Established in 1989 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit botanical garden, Arborcrest Gardens began as 5 acres of landscaping around the home of Dr. Ronald Stanley and gradually expanded to its current 26-acre size, opening to the public in 2019.

Arborcrest Gardens differs from most other botanical gardens in that it has been conceptualized, designed, funded, and managed by one person. Arborcrest’s funding has come from Dr. Stanley’s earnings and savings as a medical doctor at Boone Dermatology Clinic. Dr. Stanley, who celebrated his 75th birthday in 2021, continues to see patients at his medical practice several days a week to provide continued funding for the gardens.

The long-term viability of Arborcrest Gardens depends on securing a more permanent funding source. If you believe Arborcrest Gardens is a special place worth preserving for future generations, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Arborcrest Gardens Endowment Fund.

Donations can be made to:

Arborcrest Gardens

174 Evergreen Lane

Boone, NC 28607

(828) 263-3358

To donate by credit card, please visit our page at Great Nonprofits.