Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Azalea Park visitors will be greeted with 14 new camellias as they enter the park, thanks to the Flowertown Garden Club.
With assistance from the Town, the club planted two raised flowerbeds in front of the Cuthbert Community Center entrance. Each bed has one camellia japonica and six camellia sasanquas.
The project was a part of the club’s 60th anniversary.
“We gave the mayor a list of projects we wanted to do,” said committee co-chair Vicki Burtt. “We meet here [at the Cuthbert Center] every month so we thought it would be a good choice.”
The group decided to create raised flowerbeds because the tree roots in front of the center make it almost impossible to plant in the ground.
Burtt said the Town, with help from Parks Manager Doyle Best, used their bricks, soil and irrigation system to create the beds.
They chose perennial plants that remain evergreen to make sure the entrance never looks barren, she said. The camellia blooms are white to lighten the surrounding dark green hedges and shrubs.
The women also planted miniature yews along the handicapped ramp, which will eventually grow to hide the ramp.
The camellias were planted in November, but according to Burtt the project started last year and will continue in the future.
“It’s a work in progress,” she said. “I’m really excited it finally came through.”
She said in the future the club hopes to add brick pathways, a brick courtyard and lighting to the set up.