City's Horticulture Department Kicks up the Charm for Lake Wales
New Landscapes Part of Lake Wales Connected Plan
Last updated 3/18/2022 at 11:27am
Some 300 Florida native plants and 1,052 Florida friendly plants have been planted in select areas by the City of Lake Wales Horticulture Department, and more are on the way, part of the city's new emphasis on reclaiming its original status as "a City in a Garden."
"We're kicking up the charm in the city," Lake Wales Horticulturist Lester Gulledge said. "This is the first of many upcoming horticulture projects." Gulledge, a certified arborist, is responsible for the City's first all-inclusive tree assessment policy that has preserved healthy trees and identified unhealthy trees for removal.
The plantings are part of the City's Lake Wales Connected Plan - a community-based vision for the future. The plan focuses heavily on the integration of trees and multiuse trails in the city.
The horticulture department plans to landscape the new 3,000-foot Park Avenue Connector Trail upon its completion this fall. Landscape design plans for the trail include new cathedral live oaks, flowering perennials and ornamental grasses.
"Many of the plants we use attract pollinators," Gulledge said. "We want our plants to flourish. Birds, butterflies and bees transfer tiny grains of pollen among plants, helping the growth of flowers," he added.
The horticulture department also plans to install 125 trees along Rails to Trails, a multiuse trail that runs between Scenic Highway and Buck Moore Road.
"It's exciting to see progress being made," Assistant to the City Manager Michael Manning said. "We're paying homage to the city's original visionaries and landscape architects led by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr."