NCDOT Recognizes Best Roadside Flower Beds of 2013 at Annual Wildflower Awards Thursday, April 03, 2014

RALEIGH —The beautiful wildflower beds dotting North Carolina’s highways took center stage today at the Annual Wildflower Awards ceremony in Raleigh. The awards were given to N.C. Department of Transportation staff who cultivated the best-looking flowers of 2013, as voted on by a panel of judges. They also recognize the efforts of all NCDOT crews who help carry out the Wildflower Program and work to enhance the overall appearance and environmental quality of the state’s highways.   


The awards were presented by Secretary Tony Tata, State Roadside Environmental Unit Engineer Don G. Lee and Garden Club of North Carolina Roadside Development Committee Chair Pat Cashwell at the monthly Board of Transportation meeting. The awards are sponsored by The Garden Club of North Carolina Inc.


A photo gallery of the award-winning flower beds can be found on NCDOT’s Flickr page.


The 2013 award winners are:


·         Best Overall Division Wildflower Program: First PlaceDivision 7, which includes Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Orange and Rockingham counties; Second PlaceDivision 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties.


·         William D. Johnson Daylily Award: First PlaceDivision 13 – West I-26 at Mars Hill in Madison County; Second PlaceDivision 4 – I-95 at N.C. Welcome Center in Northampton County.


·         Best Regional Wildflower Planting, Eastern Region: First PlaceDivision 4 – U.S. 70 Bypass at Little Creek in Johnston County; Second PlaceDivision 1 – N.C. 11 at Pecan Grove in Hertford County.


·         Best Regional Wildflower Planting, Central Region: First PlaceDivision 8 – U.S. 220 North of Candor in Montgomery County; Second PlaceDivision 9 – I-85 median in Davidson County.


·          Best Regional Wildflower Planting, Western Region: First PlaceDivision 14 – N.C. 107 at Cullowhee in Jackson County; Second PlaceDivision 13 – I-40 at Exit 66 in Buncombe County.



The NCDOT Wildflower Program began in 1985 and is coordinated by the department’s Roadside Environmental Unit, which installs and maintains 1,500 acres of wildflowers along North Carolina’s highways. The program is primarily funded through the sale of personalized license plates.



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