Garden Club helps Lafayette bloom at Oak Hill Road off ramp
By Pippa Fisher
Photos provided by Wendi Shively
On a recent gorgeous Saturday morning, about 10 volunteers from the Lafayette Garden Club spent roughly an hour and a half beautifying a spot next to the City of Lafayette sign at the entrance to Oak Hill Road.
Garden club member Wendi Shively came up with the idea for the project after noticing the area had been an "eyesore" for so long. The club asked the Lafayette Rotary to donate half the funds so they could purchase five-gallon plants rather than smaller ones. They also received a commitment from the city for watering the plants.
Shively explained that the planting is all Mediterranean, deer resistant, drought tolerant and should require very little maintenance. Through the hard work of all volunteers they quickly planted over 100 plants and used 50 bags of soil amendment and compost.
Right now they are planning on providing three maintenance days per year and have plans to plant several hundred daffodil bulbs in the fall.