Native Plant Demonstration Garden begins to bloom!
Volunteers have been hard at work to make a dream come true at the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center. What started out as a thicket of vines and trees has now become the beginnings of a trail meant to show visitors the types of plants native to north Texas.
Troops of scouts, Texas Master Naturalists, Prairie & Timbers Audubon members and other volunteers cleared a 300-foot path, created garden beds, and put in native plants throughout the trail. Additionally, signage was placed along the trail to show which plants would be used by birds and butterflies.
On July 25th, a ribbon-cutting ceremony welcomed the garden to the ever-expanding improvements at Brockdale Park. Scout Troop 1020 presented the color guard, the Mayor of Lucas, Bill Carmickle and BPRC Executive Director spoke and then cut a ribbon of cedar branches.
Lucas Mayor Bill Carmickle and BPRC Executive Director
Erich Neupert cut the cedar ribbon to welcome visitors
Plans for the future include expanding the number of plant beds, adding benches and increasing the signage along the path.
Signage explains the use of native plants
Thanks to the Henry Robert Fund, Prairie & Timbers Audubon, Rockwell-Collins, the Armstrong and Schoeffel families as well as Troops 25 and 1020, Blackland Prairie Master Naturalists, the Blythe Family and Chuck Hummel Tractor work for all their time and donations to complete this wonderful addition to Blackland Prairie Raptor Center.
Visitors enjoy the gardens
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