Monday 25 Jun 2018

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Lenoir County Wildflower Project Recognized

Motorists on North Carolina’s highways have probably seen beautiful, colorful wildflowers along the way. These flower beds are part of the Wildflower Program, one of the department’s most popular initiatives, and a great source of pride for the division staff who manage it.

Each year, division staff members are recognized by The Garden Club of North Carolina for their work to enhance the overall appearance and environmental quality of the state’s roadways.

The winners were announced during the Board of Transportation meeting in Raleigh.

Locally, the Best Wildflower Planting in the eastern region of the state went to Division 2 at U.S. 70 and N.C. 148 in Lenoir County.

“When people see a wildflower bed up on the hillside, it’s not just about the single bed – it’s the stripes, colors and shapes,” said David Harris, Roadside Environmental Engineer. “The awards also bring honor and recognition for the efforts of what division staff do.”

Started in 1985, the program is funded through the sale of personalized license plates and direct contributions. North Carolina now has more than 1,500 acres of flower beds statewide.

Best Regional Wildflower Planting, Eastern Region
First Place – Division 2 – US 70 and NC 148 in Lenoir County

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