FM 1187 is the entryway into the City of Aledo. There is a sense of community there as you drive along the landscaped median with Gulf Muhly grasses, Burford hollies, and crape myrtles, interspersed with roses, live oaks, and cedar elms.
Over the railroad tracks, Parker County Master Gardeners have created and maintained the beautiful Neil Collins Memorial Rose Garden on the city hall property, since 2006. This rose garden won second place at the Texas Master Gardener Association conference in 2007. There are 30-labeled rose varieties. A bench is located in the rose garden to "rest and enjoy the roses.”
The garden, by the door to the city hall building, has Fall Asters in the design of an “A” for Aledo, plus, 500 variegated vinca major plants under the live oak trees.
Across the street, the Aledo Community Center and Park incorporates a walking trail that meanders through its playground and gardens. The park has a 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 flowerbeds. They create interest with the variety of displays on berms, arbors, and trellises, with a surround of decorative boulders.
The City of Annetta is another project for the Parker County Master Gardeners. For 4 years, they have been diligently preparing the soils, designing, planting, installing drip irrigation, and mulching the beds. Annetta is a designated Monarch Butterfly Waystation.
Come visit these gardens in Aledo, at 200 Old Annetta Road, and Annetta, at 450 Thunderhead Lane. These beautiful landscapes have been designed, planted, and maintained year round by the Parker County Master Gardeners since 2000 for Aledo and 2014 for Town of Annetta.