June 16, 2014

Nice improvements have been made on campus where walkways leading up to the clock tower from the east, which used to be plain grass between concrete now showcase new trees and tall grass.  By Barbara Baker

The Northeastern Junior College Foundation invites all interested citizens to attend the fourth and final Botanical Walk to be held on campus Wednesday, June 18th beginning at 9:15 a.m.. This is the last of a series of four walks to take place to showcase the huge improvements that have taken place on the campus as part of the campus beautification efforts.

Recent rains have brought on a great deal of growth for the various flower beds and walkways on the college’s campus. The spring blossoms, some arriving in April and May, on added beautiful spring color and were enjoyed immensely by the students during spring semester.  Kimberly Harford, a licensed landscape architect with Country Gardens Nursery, who designed the various landscape plans on campus, will conduct the tour. Much of her design work incorporated opportunity for year-round color while at the same time she selected low-water-requiring plant and tree varieties.

This spring’s tour will include the latest beautification effort which was spearheaded by the Alumni Association late last fall and was installed from the alumni clock tower in the center or campus north to the sidewalk along Landrum Lane. This area includes trees, rocks and flowering plants.

All of the beautification efforts have been part of a Spruce It Up campaign on campus, begun in 2011 by the Northeastern Junior College Foundation, is a continuation of efforts that began in 2009 when Kathy Rice, an administrative assistant on campus, applied for and received a grant from the Colorado Home and Garden Show to help cover the cost to install the Serenity Garden which is located between E. S. French Hall and Hays Student Center as well as a herb garden in the Student Center’s courtyard. That project was done using donated plants and student labor.  Since that time, a large number of individuals, businesses and civic groups have generously come forth to help improve the entire grounds on the campus and this level of support has provided the dollars to allow these other areas to be professionally landscaped.  The Serenity Garden is absolutely gorgeous this time of year. Some additional grant money came to the college from the Colorado Garden and Home Show and they required, as part of the grant, that the public would be invited to come on campus during a series of botanical walks, to see and enjoy, and be educated about the plants and the projects.

This final Botanical Walk is open to the public and is free of charge. Those planning to attend should wear a jacket, comfortable shoes and gather at the west door of Hays Student Center, the side facing E.S. French, just prior to 9:15 a.m. The tour itself takes right at an hour.

Past tours have included plant selection information and landscaping and winterizing tips for participants to take home to use in their own yards and gardens. As part of this tour, each participant will take home a live bedding plant to add to their own yard or garden.   Refreshments will also be served at the end of the event.