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For thirty-five years, the late Helen Watkins lovingly nurtured her Hillsborough garden of roses and camellias at the site of her historic home, Chatwood.
The Minnette C. Duffy Award is the state's highest award for the preservation, restoration, or maintenance of grounds related to historic structures. Helen Blake Watkins received the 1992 award for thirty-five years devoted to Hillsborough's historic landscaping. Her restored 1806 home, Chatwood, features gardens with over 400 varieties of old-fashioned roses.
Chatwood Garden in Hillsborough was the creation of Mrs. Helen Blake Watkins, who developed it between 1956 and 1992. The garden surrounds Chatwood, an 1808 two-and-a-half-story, Federal-style home that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The award-winning garden has been called one of the best private landscapes in the nation.