As you drive along the highways of North Carolina, bright pops of color may catch your eye. These colors are the result of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Wildflower Program. For over 37 years, these wildflower beds have brightened roadways and brought joy to residents and visitors alike.
Each year, awards sponsored by The Garden Club of North Carolina are given to the best-looking flower beds in each region of the state. The awards recognize the efforts of NCDOT staff who carry out the program and enhance the overall appearance and environmental quality of the state’s highways.
The 2022 Wildflower Awards were presented during the April Board of Transportation meeting by Roadside Environmental Engineer David Harris.
“Our wildflower beds wouldn’t be successful without the hard work put in by our staff. Their commitment to creating detailed flower beds for everyone to enjoy deserves every recognition,” said Harris. “The Wildflower Program is a long-lasting initiative, and we can’t wait to see the beautiful blooms that are due to grow in 2023”.
The Wildflower Awards were given for beds that bloomed in 2022. The winners are:
William D. Johnson Daylily Award:
First Place – Division 7, I-40 at Koury Blvd Guilford County
Second Place – Division 13, I-240 West at Exit 8 Buncombe County
A Flickr album with photos of the winners is available here.
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