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How The Johnny Cash Tulip And 99-Year-Old Twin Sisters Make A Spectacular Garden

Last fall, we brought you the story of twin sisters, Bernice Wade and Barbara Stiles. The two live in an historic house in Chapel Hill. The sisters are well known in the community for the beauty of their gardens.

Each fall, their friends and neighbors -- including many children -- gather to help them plant 1,000+ bulbs. This "planting party" is special to the community. The sisters recently had another party, one to celebrate the blooms.

The sisters even let a visitor inside part of the house recently to see this view of the gardens. Barbara Stiles contends this view is the most spectacular.

The view of the garden from inside the sisters home on Gimghoul Rd., Chapel Hill, NC
Credit Carol Jackson
The view of the garden from inside the sisters home on Gimghoul Rd., Chapel Hill, NC

Bernice Wade and Barbara Stiles are now 99 years old. Plans are underway for their 100th birthday party in 2015.

(Wondering about the Johnny Cash tulip? Take a look at the slideshow at the top of the story.)

Here's a virtual tour of the garden:

Carol Jackson has been with WUNC since 2006. As Digital News Editor, she writes stories for, and helps reporters and hosts make digital versions of their radio stories. She is also responsible for sharing stories on social media. Previously, Carol spent eight years with WUNC's nationally syndicated show The Story with Dick Gordon, serving as Managing Editor and Interim Senior Producer.
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