Wildflowers on the way

TUPELO – Thousands of wildflowers will color the city next spring thanks to a project spearheaded by the Mayor’s Task Force on Neighborhoods and Public Spaces.
The volunteer group, which last year had piloted the project, returned with an even bigger goal of planting 40 pounds of wildflower seeds throughout the city.
Seed varieties include Cosmos, Indian Blankets, Purple Cone Flowers, African Daisies, Black-Eyed Susans and Corn Poppies, along with about two dozen others.
All are perennial and will grow back each year.
Funding came from the Tupelo Quality of Life Committee and the Tupelo Garden Club, each of which gave $500.
“The Tupelo Garden Club was extremely pleased to learn of the city’s interest in beautifying city-owned spaces with native wildflowers,” said club Vice President Laura Lackey. “When city officials enrich our everyday lives, they show their respect for the residents of Tupelo.
Lackey spoke at a press conference Monday to announce the project. It was held at Gum Tree Park, one of the 10 sites selected for seeding. Other sites include McCullough Boulevard, the Tupelo Regional Airport, two sites along Veterans Boulevard and several areas along Coley Road.
“We wanted to pick spots that would be visible for our residents and also for people passing through the city,” said Lisa Reed, a member of the task force.
The city Public Works Department will plant the seeds later this month, and they will bloom in late spring and throughout the summer months.
“There should be color all summer long,” said David Knight, the city’s urban forester and a project partner.
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

EMILY LE COZ / NEMS Daily Journal