The McKinney Garden Club is hard at work using members’ green thumbs to add flowering beauty to the City of McKinney. The club begins prepping flower beds this week and planting flowering plants and bulbs on 8000 acres of medians around the city on Saturday next week. The club partnered with the McKinney Parks Department on the design and construction of a wooden bridge across the creek in Finch Park near the Lovejoy Memorial Garden, which was built by McKinney Garden Club. Daffodils will be planted among the trees that were planted there many years ago.
The Garden Club will also provide the signature project designs for the seven medians and two parks that will be planted. The club will fund the actual planting of all the new beds along with a matching grant from McKinney Community Development Corporation. (MCDC). City staffers Tim White and Emily Braht worked with the Garden Club on this project for over a year in an advisory capacity.
The mass planting of bulbs will be “an ongoing project,” Jill Alcantara, chairwoman of the project said. “The final project designs call for a first planting of 7500 bulbs in late October 2013. Daffodils, Pink Indian Hawthorne, and Pink Dwarf Day lilies will be used. There will be some beds where we are also planting Black Eyed Susans for summer contrast with pink or lavender crapes.”
The plantings will be spread across the city in prepared median beds on major thoroughfares and woodland areas that are not mowed in city parks. The Garden Club will also be looking for locations within the city to plant Pink Carpet Roses, the symbol of McKinney Garden Club.
The prominent colors of these plantings will be yellow and hot pink. This look will become a signature for future Garden Club plantings and these colors are in keeping with the colors to be used at 121 and 75 and the landscaping of State Highway 75, as the new construction is completed. Our contribution to McKinney …Unique by Nature, will be set apart from the landscaping efforts by neighboring cities by these creative designs.
Signature Project Description and Locations
Median: 1200 E Eldorado Pkwy 1200 E (Existing pink crapes)
Median: 4610 W Eldorado Pkwy (Existing lavender crapes)
Median: 5900 W Eldorado Pkwy @ Woodson (Existing white crapes)
Median: 2950 N Harden Blvd @ W Eldorado Parkway (New Trees by City)
Median: 2001 E Virginia Pkwy @ Northbound 75 Service Rd. (white crapes)
Median: 3500 Lake Forest @ Winniford Park (pink crapes)
Park: 300 West Louisiana @ Glen Mitchell Park Center Fountain
Park: Finch Park Historic District @ 400 Standifer