Historic Flora depot receives landscaping upgrade
The charming and picturesque town of Flora continues to live up to its name thanks in no small way to a recent landscaping grant for tree planting and town beautification.
Spearheaded by the Mississippi Urban Forest Council (MUFC) through a partnership with America In Bloom and the Canadian National (CN) Railway, the project made it possible for the beautification of the town’s historic train station. Local volunteers through the non-profit Friends of Flora recently completed the work. The project landscaped the Flora Train Depot and is adding additional species of trees to the Flora city park so it can be designated as an arboretum and listed on the MS Arboretum Trail.
On April 20, Friends Of Flora hosted the installation of a special sign of recognition at the historic Train Depot on Main Street.
“Over the last 10 years Flora has experienced an economic renaissance that will now be complimented by these esthetic enhancements,” said Flora Mayor Leslie Childress. “ The results will no doubt further attract people to the town’s thriving commercial Main Street district, further distinguishing Flora as a small town oasis in an ever expanding urban environment.”
“These types of activities are significant improvements to the community,” Donna Yowell, executive director of the Mississippi Urban Forest Council (MUFC), said. “The social impact of green space, trees and gardens can be particularly pronounced when public spaces are transformed into places of beauty that foster safe places for neighborhood interaction, economic and property value enhancement, and improves the lives of those that live in or visit the community. This partnership is a good example of how collaboration between private, municipal and nonprofit can accomplish improvements for all Mississippi communities.”
The MUFC is Mississippi’s only statewide nonprofit that works with communities and local groups to improve quality of life and support strong communities for economic success on a local level.
“We are thrilled to work so very closely with the Town of Flora and provide this opportunity for more enhancement in our state. These projects will be part of a series of Arboretums in the state and these cities will become part of the Mississippi Arboretum Trail.” said Yowell.