United States of America, North Carolina, Highlands
Neese Garden (Highlands, N.C.)
"The garden is located at 4,000 feet altitude in a primarily summer resort town in the mountains of western North Carolina. Mrs. Neese spent 12 years in Japan and transformed a mountain stream into a Japanese Garden. The stream was dammed to provide a waterfall which can be heard from the porch of the house. Japanese statuary abounds in the garden in typical simplicity and quiet. A moss garden remains a symbol of eternity. There are few flowering plants aside from the native rhododendron hedges that secure privacy. When the garden was first developed only the owners house was near. Now several homes have been built on high slopes above the garden to take advantage of the view.
Mrs. Neese was a writer and Ikebana enthusiast who was awarded for her work by the government of Japan. A garden has been built as a memorial to Martha Neese in front of the Husdon Library in the Highlands.
Persons associated with the property include: Martha Plowden Neese (former owner from 1978 to 1989); Ray Kuckleburg (former owner from 1989 to 1994); Robert Canning (former owner from 1994 to 1997); Picklesymers Builders (contractors).