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It is so wonderful to see that UNCG has started a campus garden at 123 McIver Street (Hatching A Plot, UNCG Magazine, Spring 2011). It is great to find excellent positive use of the spaces that open up around us and that the university is alive to new possibilities.
The students in Interior Architecture and others who designed the garden space at that empty lot on McIver Street might be interested to know that the house which once sat there housed the family of Dr. Warren Ashby (WC & UNCG professor, 1949-85) from 1949 to 1954 on the first floor. On the second floor, for many of those years, lived Irene Cullis, art professor (1943-71) at Greensboro College. An art gallery at Greensboro College now bears her name. I am sure the house, now gone like so many others that lined both sides of McIver Street years ago, had many more stories of great interest.
I am so glad to see the garden there to be an organic one, with no synthetic chemicals being used, as well as to know that even a Classics class will be sprouting new life there. Out of that space has grown a lot of natural good of the mind; in the arts; for the soul and it is truly wonderful to see the university continues to march on in even that small vein; a classroom and education without walls as the university should provide.
Paul Ashby '71