The Beautification Project’s mission is to create a grand entrance to the Texas Hill Country and Highland Lakes Region for daily commuters, year-round recreational visitors and seasonal tourists. This now rural highway intersection serves as a “welcome mat” to visitors who travel from far beyond Texas borders.
In an Adopt-A-Highway, Landscape Partnership Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) this project will extend from Fall 2016 through 2018 in seasonal phases. Over fifty-six (56) acres of grassy median, easements and clover leaf sections of this highway right-of way will be the focus of this beautification project.
The Welcome Mat
The Beautification Project’s mission is to plant wildflowers at the intersection of Highways US 281 and Texas 71, Mable Falls, Burnet County, Texas. This intersection is the threshold of traffic from seasonal visitors from within Texas and from far beyond Texas borders. In essence, this is the “Welcome Mat” to the Hill Country and the Highland Lakes.
PHASE ONE of the project, a DONATION of Bradlee Mills, Owner and Operator of Mills Services of Kingsland, initiated November 2016, provides professional Arborist care for free standing and clusters of native oak trees. Unhealthy and Invasive vegetation will be removed under the supervision of TxDOT Johnson City Maintenance District. Bradlee Mills was among first to recognize that his professional services would make a major contribution to the Gateway landscape that would be enjoyed year round by commuters and help highlight the annual Spring wildflower blooming season. Professional Arborist services DONATED by Mills Services excess $9,770
PHASE TWO: 2017 & 2018 planting seasons: Abundant wildflower seeding of medians, easements and cloverleaf sections. Native American Seed of Junction Texas serves as consultant and supplier for this beautification project. The trademarked Lady Bird Legacy Wildflower Mix has been selected for this project qualifying a portion of seed purchases to be dedicated to The University of Texas- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s “Seed Grants to Texas Schools”. Projected cost of abundant wildflower seeding of fifty-six (56) acres of grassy medians, easements and cloverleaf sections of the Central Texas- Gateway to the Hill Country is estimated to exceed $62,000.
CSTH is staffed exclusively by VOLUNTEERS who share in the vision of restoring and preserving the natural landscapes of the Hill County. To volunteer to help promote this project within your community contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals, organizations and businesses are urged to support this community initiative.
LADY BIRD’S LEGACY WILDFLOWER MIX
Native American Seed has partnered with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to offer this legacy seed mix. Components of the mix are amount Lady Bird’s favorites, and are well-suited to Central Texas.
Comprised of annuals and perennials, there will be blooms from spring – early summer. Lyndon Baines Johnson championed scores of environmental bills during his presidency of the United States. With his wife, Lady Bird, at his side, the two worked tirelessly to clean up America’s highways, promote conservation and preserve the country’s natural landscapes.
The seed mix includes the following: Texas Bluebonnet, Indian Blanket, Black-Eyed Susan, Winecup, Purple Coneflower, Lemon Mint, Prairie Verbena, Indian Paintbrush, Pink Evening Primrose, Plains Coreopsis