FM 1187 is the new entryway into the City of Aledo. There is a sense of pride as you travel along the landscaped median with Gulf Muhly grasses, Burford hollies, and crape myrtles that are interspersed with roses, live oaks, and cedar elms.
Just over the railroad tracks, are the beautiful Neil Collins Memorial Rose Garden on the city hall property. It was designed, planted, and is maintained by Parker County Master Gardeners. This project won second place at the Texas Master Gardener Association conference in 2007. There are 30 labeled roses varieties in this garden. Three are climbing roses on trellises and arbors. Some varieties are groundcover roses. Adding to the uniqueness of the garden is a pillar rose growing on an obelisk! All are have identification labels. There's even a bench to "stop and smell the roses".
The garden right by the entrance to the city hall building is planted with Fall Asters in the design of an “A” for Aledo. Under a group of oaks are 500 variegated vinca major plants!
Across the street, the Aledo Community Center and Park incorporates a walking trail that meanders through its playground and gardens. The park has a nice new gazebo for picnics and benches for resting. Perennials, trees, annuals, and shrubs, all labeled with the common and botanical names, are planted in six defined flower beds. They create interest with the variety of displays on berms, arbors, and trellises, with a surround of decorative boulders.
The City of Annetta built a new building at its 450 Thunderhead Lane address. What a challenge, as many of you know, to plant in our soils; this location was a one of our greatest challenges. The Parker County Master Gardeners have been diligently preparing the soils, selecting plants, planting, adding drip irrigation and mulching. It is so exciting to see the transformation! Annetta is now a designated Monarch Butterfly Waystation.
Come visit these gardens for Aledo at 200 Old Annetta Road and Annetta at 450 Thunderhead Lane. These beautiful landscapes are designed, planted and maintained all year; thanks to the Parker County Master Gardeners.