Learn gardening secrets from Highway Beautification Program

By Sally Jones | Oct 08, 2013
Photo by: NC Dept of Transportation One of the magnificent flower displays travelers enjoy along North Carolina's mountain highways.

Tuscola Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska. Richard Queen, a roadside environmental engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation, will present a program entitled "Drive-By Wildflower Magic — Beautification along the Highways."

Queen and his staff work diligently to create and maintain the beautiful displays of wildflowers and other plantings at highway intersections and exits and to give us enjoyment and pride in the beauty of our roadways as we travel.  His hard-working staff continually renew and rework the beds, prepare the soil, rid planting areas of grass and weeds and blend various flower seeds and shrubs carefully to ensure continuous blooms that last from early spring to late fall.

Using slides, Queen will show some of the vast beds of color from recent highway plantings and share what he is learning from his experience to help make future plantings even more magnificent. It will be a great opportunity to learn some of his trade secrets to apply on a smaller scale to personal flower beds.

Visitors are welcome. For more information, call Jackie Wolfe at 452-7176.

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