Spring has sprung, and flowers are blooming, but if you want to bring your own beauty to your home, LCC is giving you that opportunity through a Landscaping Competition.
In recognition of Earth Day, the Laredo Community College’s Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Sciences Center is offering community groups the opportunity to win free native plants for their own Earth Day event. Schools, classes, troops, clubs or organizations are invited to submit a landscape plan to the center that incorporates available native plants. Groups can use anywhere from one to 50 plants in their landscape plan.
The list of available plants and planting suggestions can be obtained from the LBVESC.
The winning groups will receive the plants included in their plan, but winners are limited to the quantity of plants available.
Groups are encouraged to develop their plans and submit them to the LBVESC before the Wednesday, April 10 deadline.
The winners will be notified on Monday, April 15. The plants can then be collected during the LBVESC’s Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 20.
In addition to the competition, the LBVESC will host their annual Earth Day Celebration, and the center is trying something new for this year’s event.
The center will be offering free admission, and they will have a selection of native plants available for sale. The plants for sale range in price from $5 to $25 depending on their size.
Visitors to the center during the Earth Day Celebration, which will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., are invited to get in touch with nature while witnessing the beauty of the river’s natural habitat as they walk the Paso del Indio Trail and get to do some bird watching.
Afterwards, they can tour the science center and learn more about native flora and fauna from several guest speakers.
Guests Martha Fenstermaker, Tony Ramirez, and Danny Gunn will be on hand to teach visitors about the value of native plants, the medicinal use of the plants, and their care and maintenance.
Among the many plants available for sale is ebony, valuable trees that have tight restrictions due to their endangered status. For fans of birds and butterflies, the Sandpaper (anaqua) tree and spiny hackberry (granjeno) will also be available. There also will be agave plants, vines, shrubs, trees and cactus.
For more information, contact the LBVESC at 764-5701.