Public Meeting planned for Wildflower Project

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There will be a public meeting to present the goals of the Ottumwa Wildflower Project to the community.

The meeting will be Saturday, May 14, at 3 PM at the Ottumwa Public Library meeting room at 102 West Fourth Street.  Anyone who wants to learn more about the project, or even volunteer to help, is encouraged to attend.

The Ottumwa Wildflower Project, steered by Alicia Houk, is an effort to bring native wildflower plantings into Ottumwa’s urban environment.  The plantings utilize native plants, that once established, should thrive and provide a beautiful display.

Plans are in place to plant wildflowers near the Amtrak Station/Historical Museum on May 21st and near the Skate Park area on May 28th.  Additional  planting areas are in the works for future projects.

In addition to creating a beautiful native landscape, wildflower plantings benefit communities by reducing mowing costs,  protecting the soil from erosion and saving money on fertilizer and pesticides.

Photo by David Prasad on Flickr.

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