PCMG work to make NVWM grounds bright, peaceful

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When you see the elevated Huey helicopter off highway 180 between Mineral Wells and Weatherford, you have arrived at the National Vietnam War Memorial and veterans have a panoramic site populated with several gardens designed by Parker County Master Gardeners.

The Meditation Garden on your left as your drive in is composed of two labyrinths, a gazebo and a colorful sea of drought tolerant plants. Only one word can describe the spring blooming blue bonnets and that is spectacular. The beds were designed to offer a place for healing, peace, and tranquility.

On your right as you drive in is a reproduction of the Camp Holloway wall which features red Knock Out roses, Lindheimer’s muhly and Gulf muhly ornamental grasses.

Beyond the Huey is a scaled version of the Vietnam memorial wall. Arizona cypress trees have been planted to embrace the wall area like watchful sentries protecting the memories.

Near the visitor center PCMGA worked with a Mineral Wells scout to develop a bed with flags to recognize our allied countries during the conflict. Large boulders, a rain bed and drought tolerant plants such as red yucca, zexmania, blackfoot daisies and agave create a bold statement.

Currently the area around the visitor center is being landscaped with abelia, trailing lantana and Texas sage.

As with all of PCMGA demonstration gardens, the success of the gardens depends on water conservation and wise plant selection. Drip irrigation is used throughout. Plants are selected that love sun, can tolerate wind and are drought tolerant. Desert willows, abelia, four-nerve daisies, variegated privit, daylilies, rosemary and salvia greggii are some of the plants that can be found in the gardens. If you need living examples of plants that will bring beauty to your landscape while protecting our natural resources, this is a valuable place for you to visit and study.

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