Monday, November 19, 2007

Our First Planting!

The Cameron County Master Gardeners were excited to dedicate our new Arboretum on November 13, 2007. The previous August, the Cameron County Commissioners Court dedicated this piece of land for Master Gardener use. Our plan is to create an educational garden using water-wise plants and techniques. In addition to hosting gardening classes, the Arboretum will be a self-guided educational garden. Our first phase is planting the Valley Native Forest. This will include examples of trees that we feel do well in the home landscape - a few of them are well-known but most are not.

Commissioner David Garza shared a few words. The City of San Benito, the San Benito Chamber of Commerce, and the San Benito School District were well represented at the dedication.

The dignitaries and the Arboretum Committee get ready to plant our first tree!

Our first tree to plant was a Brasil Tree. It's a native to our area. Check back at this sight for information on each of the species that we include in this project.

Lastly, we watered our new trees in! It has been a long time since it rained, so this acre was absolutely arid. Large cracks were found all over the heavy clay ground. Thankfully, the county send a water truck that gave each tree a BIG drink of water. See the holes in the background? Each of those - a total of 29 - will hold a tree by the end of the day.