Looking good: Division 9 earns state NCDOT wildflower award

Published 9:19 am Saturday, March 9, 2024

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In 1985, the N.C. Department of Transportation launched its Wildflower Program with just 12 acres of roadside land adorned with wildflower beds.

The initiative has flourished, and almost four decades later, hundreds of acres of wildflower beds are planted and meticulously maintained on roadsides statewide.

And the employees in Division 9, which includes Davie County, were awarded first place in the overall wildflower management category during NCDOT’s 2023 Wildflower Awards.

“Our employees are the backbone of our efforts to keep North Carolina’s roadways beautiful,” said David Harris, NCDOT’s roadside environmental engineer. “Their hard work and attention to detail ensure that travelers and residents alike can enjoy the breathtaking scenery that North Carolina has to offer.”

These awards are sponsored by The Garden Club of North Carolina and given to the best-looking flower beds in each region. The awards recognize the efforts of NCDOT staff who enhance the appearance and environmental quality of the state’s highways.