Popping poppies! Buncombe, Div. 13 DOT win state wildflower awards

If you’ve driven the highways around Asheville at any time since 1985, you’ve caught a glimpse of daylilies, poppies and wildflowers covering large swaths of medians and roadsides. The displays are part of the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Wildflower Program, which has been enhancing the overall appearance of the state’s highways for more than 20 years.

And this year, Division 13 — which includes Buncombe County — won the annual award for Best Overall program, as well as the William D. Johnson Daylily Award. The latter award specifically mentions the daylilies planted on Interstate 240 at U.S. 19-23 North in Buncombe County. Division 13 also won Best Regional Wildflower Planting for the blooms on U.S. Highway 25 and Ivy River Road in Madison County.
— Margaret Williams

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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