Roving Reporter | "Native Dave & Friends Beautify Downtown," Photograph by Christy Ilfrey

Thank you to Native Dave and friends for working so hard to beautify our historic downtown with some greenery. This little gem is a Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora) and will be joined by other native plants over the next week.


Penny Hong said…
The City of Rockport is funding this Downtown Beautification with a line item in their budget: RHDA Streetscape. Our thanks to the City for its continued multi-year focus on Downtown Revitalization. The City and the "Art of the Stroll" has been written up recently highlighting this walkable downtown. The Rockport Heritage District Association (RHDA) is coordinating the project with a Master Gardener, and thus far, two local nurseries: Native Dave and Adams Nursery. This will always be "a work in progress" and room to grow (pun intended) for more nurseries and volunteers to help. Additional plans this Fiscal Year include new planters and trees in those for the bulbouts. Native Dave and Adams Nursery also re- planting the Demo (2010) Planters (see above tree) at Austin and Main. The current pots on the street will be reclustered and replanted while awaiting new planters to be added to the streetscape. Merchants are encouraged to also participate as they have in years past to "green downtown". More Public Art is also planned over the next year. Ideas from the community are welcome. I encourage anyone to contact me or other members of the RHDA Board for additional information.
Anonymous said…
Penny, who is in charge of watering these plants? The tree is lovely, but many potted plants on the corners are dead. Perhaps an automatic watering system could be implemented.
Anonymous said…
I think it is beautiful. Cannot wait to see it mature!
Penny Hong said…
Thank you so much for asking. This is so exciting for us to be able to communicate like this with the community at large.

The City of Rockport waters plants downtown Tuesday and Fridays
and has done so for several years since our first plantings in 2006.
However, due to the severe cold weather for months which we have had this winter, we believe many plants "gave up the ghost" despite best efforts. We are walking thru downtown this weekend with the nurseries, planning to regroup the pots, remove the dead plants, plant new plants, and resume the care Tuesday and Fridays. The nurseries will also keep on eye on what we newly plant so that they are in good shape. Again, we are focusing on native plants to help sustainability. This winter however was quite out of the norm even for them.

Please keep an eye on them and keep in touch with us. We love hearing from you. We have explored automated water systems in years past, including ones solar ones. If you have a recommendation, please share it. We are always looking for ways to improve this system.

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