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Cullowhee Lily Sale Under Way

 

The Cullowhee Lily

The Cullowhee Lily

The Cullowhee lily initiative, which works to re-establish the flower in the Cullowhee valley, is hosting its second annual bulb sale through the end of October. The initiative is sponsored by the Western Carolina University Alumni Association and packages of six to eight flower bulbs are being sold for $10 each at various retailers in the area. In addition, bulbs and Cullowhee lily notecards will be for sale before and during two Catamount home football games – the Hall of Fame Weekend game against Wofford on Saturday, Oct. 19, and the Homecoming game against Elon at Saturday, Oct. 26. Proceeds from the bulb sale support the development of Cullowhee lily flowerbeds on the university’s campus and the WCU Alumni Association Scholarship fund. The Cullowhee lily initiative continues to work to re-introduce the once-prevalent six-petal white flower to the Cullowhee valley. “We have written reports from the 1880s of the Cullowhee lily blanketing the valley,” said Susan Belcher, who is leading the effort along with Frances Owl-Smith, president-elect of the Alumni Association, and Betty Allen, past president of the WCU Alumni Association. “I am incredibly excited and look forward to seeing that blanket return and our students cultivated by this effort.” Last year, the Cullowhee lily initiative raised more than $10,000 for the scholarship fund through selling 9,000 bulbs, more than 200 packages of Cullowhee lily notecards and nearly three dozen limited-edition prints, and through donations and memberships in the Cullowhee Lily Society. To see a list of local retailers participating in the Cullowhee lily initiative, visit lily.wcu.edu, and for more information, you can contact Cindi Magill in the Office of Alumni Affairs at magill@wcu.edu or 828-227-7335.