|Lance leaved Coreopsis|
One of our most popular and nationally-recognized highway beautification efforts is our wildflower program. It began in 1985 and has become an integral part of what we do to make our highways more attractive. Wildflower beds are installed and maintained across the state by NCDOT's Roadside Environmental personnel in each of the fourteen highway divisions.
We're taking some of our seed stock, plus some trees and donating it to the Seeds for Salvo initiative -local master gardeners are sharing seeds from their own gardens to help replace batters plants and flowers on the island.
We talked with Derek Smith, who heads up our wildflower program to get the 4-1-1 on what NCDOT is contributing.
- 50 pounds of Biden seed (yellow wildflower)
- 50 pounds of Lance-leaved Coreopsis (yellow wildflower)
- 250 quart-sized daylilies of mixed color
- 100 three-gallon Smooth Sumac (tree with beautiful fall color and red berries)
- They are North Carolina natives
- They are seasonally appropriate - they are meant to be planted in the fall
- They are low-maintenance
Is this something we typically do after storms or disasters? Smith can’t remember NCDOT doing this type of donation before. It's the result of a special request which came down from Clair Sutton, Dare Master Gardener alumni, in conjunction with Sen. Stan White’s office. Homeowners, businesses and the local Garden Club will plant NCDOT’s donations around Dare County.
The seeds will be available at The Boathouse Food Pantry in Salvo on Sunday, Wednesday, or Friday, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon until all are taken.
For more info, contract Clair Sutton in Kitty Hawk at firstname.lastname@example.org
Outer Banks Sentinel story
NCDOT Wildflower Index