Donna Haggar with the Somervell County Master Gardener’s Association (SCMGA) spoke to the Commissioner’s Court Tuesday about supporting a state program called “Painting Texas with Wildflowers.”

The program promotes planting native wildflowers in Texas counties.

Haggar said SCMGA members would like to plant the wildflower seeds within the next two weeks in Heritage Park.

The designated area would be to the left of the entrance along a wooden fence. SCMGA already has a rose garden on the right side. The area would be planted and maintained by the members. Haggar said the area should not be mowed until July to allow the wildflowers time to re-seed.

“Sounds like beautification and less maintenance to me,” said Somervell County Judge Walter Maynard.

The court approved Haggar’s request with a 4-0 vote.

The Earth-Kind Experimental Rose Garden was planted in the spring. Most of the roses are in full fall bloom at the park entrance.

Roses were chosen and planted for the project based on Dr. Steve George’s Earth-Kind Rose Program. The roses were planted, mulched and watered weekly throughout the summer by SCMGA volunteers.

The roses will not receive any fertilizer, insecticides or fungicides for the duration of a three-year trial period, nor will they be deadheaded (old blossoms removed).

The rose garden will be evaluated next spring to judge the performance of each rose variety.

Future plans include a split rail fence around the roses and additional signs that will explain the purpose of the trial garden.

The roses should be blooming until the first frost.

The rose garden and the new wildflower garden are just two of many projects SCMGA members have throughout the county.