June 14, 2013
Last September, approximately 35 individuals were on the campus of Northeastern Junior College to participate in a Botanical Walk which showcased the many campus beautification efforts which had been made over the previous two years. Through an effort spearheaded by the Northeastern Junior College Foundation in which a number of very generous contributions came in from local families and businesses; and with a Colorado Garden and Home Show’s Andrew Pierce Memorial Grant, Northeastern has been able to really give the outdoor area of the campus a facelift. At the time of this vegetation tour, many of the plants were brand new and had just been installed in the flower beds and walkways.
Now, almost a year later, the public is invited to come back and see the vegetation when it is a little more established. Plants are bigger, blooms are brighter, trees are fuller. This second Botanical Walk will take place on Tuesday, June 18th at 9:30 a.m. The walk is open to the public. It will be led by personnel from Country Gardens who were the designers of the landscape improvements. The tour leader will talk about what kind of plants were used and why they were selected. They will be happy to answer questions that anyone might have regarding using similar plants in their own landscape projects. The various trees and flowers, bushes and grasses were specifically selected because they do well in the northeastern Colorado climate. Naturally, the college desires to have the landscape efforts also serve as an education source for the community.
Plans are underway to continue the campus improvements as the Northeastern Junior College Alumni Association has raised funds to landscape the area from the clock tower in the center of campus, north to Landrum Lane. This installation is expected to take place this summer.
Those who want to attend the Botanical Walk next Tuesday should show up at Walker Hall on campus at 9:30 a.m. The walk will last about 45 minutes and will involve about a half mile stroll, so comfortable shoes are recommended. At the end of the walk, refreshments will be served.
Questions about this event may be directed to Gail LaForce, Northeastern Junior College Foundation Director at 521-6603.
The installation of ornamental trees and low plants along buildings, complete with rock borders, has added new dimension and beauty to Northeastern Junior College. The public is invited to join in a Botanical Walk this next Tuesday, June 18th, to get an up-close look at how these plants are doing. (Courtesy Photo)