I noticed yesterday that dozens of new trees had been planted along South Highway 3, from the rodeo grounds to Jefferson Parkway. I then noticed that the Nfld News had an article about it, Tree planting along Hwy. 3 in Northfield nearly finished and so I headed over to the blog at Knecht’s Nurseries and Landscaping where Deb Knecht has the story, The Greening of Northfield:
Last year, the Northfield Garden Club’s President – Mrs. EdDee Imm, helped the City secure a MnDOT grant for $10,000 to be used to beautify the City. It was determined that one of the areas that needed “help” the most was along the Hwy 3 corridor from the Cannon River to Jefferson Parkway.
EdDee approached us regarding the trees. The City of Northfield and the Northfield Garden Club, in a cooperative effort, purchased the 64 trees from us and we donated all of the labor and other materials used to plant the trees. Each year we give back to the City of Northfield with donations and this year, it is the Hwy 3 beautification project. This donation amounted to $4,000 in labor, equipment costs and materials.
The Garden Club also has received funds to be used to cover the costs of watering these trees for two years which is a commitment under the grant. We will be working with the Garden Club on keeping these trees well watered for the next two years!
Our crew – Jim Westlund, Todd Marnie & Ben Danielson planted these trees which consisted of Elms, Maple, Hackberry, Birch, Crabapples and Oak trees. Once again we are very pleased to have the opportunity to give something back to the community that supports our business each and every year.
Members of the Northfield Garden Club did the first wave of flower planting yesterday on Bridge Square.
I don’t know how he does it but Bart de Malignon manages to get volunteers with the Northfield Garden Club to work on his front yard nearly year round. Yesterday, it was the installation of evergreen trees on loan till spring from Knecht’s Nurseries and Landscaping, with Judy Code as the chief installer.
The Northfield Senior Citizens popcorn wagon is in place. Workers from the City of Northfield Streets, Parks & Facilities Division have given the Sheldahl anniversary fountain a fresh coat of interior paint. The Northfield Garden Club has flowers in the pots.
I love Bridge Square.