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Azaleas being removed from Henry Street median

Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:29 PM
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A city work crew is removing azaleas from the Henry Street median today in preparation for trees to be planted there, an official said.

“Azaleas are only being removed in areas where the trees are best suited to be planted,” Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities Director Tom Beck said. "Where good azaleas are having to be removed, we’re potting those and replanting them in other areas,” he said.

The azaleas are being removed to prepare for a private group to plant the trees. The Augusta Chronicle previously reported that Trees for Augusta will plant six dogwood trees in the Henry Street median in the fall. 

Earlier this year, the group planted 18 sugar maples in another section of the Henry median.

Longtime Henry Street resident Becky Schmidt recalled when the broad, grassy medians were filled with vibrant dogwood and azalea blooms every spring.

"That strip of medians used to be gorgeous. They had those big pink, almost magenta blooms all the way down, and they had nice, pretty dogwoods," she said.

Over the last 10-15 years, however, Schmidt said it appears the plants are steadily being replaced with cheaper, smaller and less water-resistant varieties that aren't maintained and wind up being replaced frequently.

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pikeka
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pikeka 06/01/12 - 11:20 am
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Einstein
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Einstein 05/19/11 - 01:21 pm
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I don't know... But what are

I don't know... But what are the chances they are going to re-plant those azaleas in South Augusta?

floridasun
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floridasun 05/19/11 - 01:26 pm
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Augusta needs more street

Augusta needs more street trees all over town.
I believe there was $1,000,000 in the last SPLOTS fund for trees. I wonder where the trees have been planted?
The newly landscaped median on Wheeler Road looks great. I hear this was funded by a charitable individual and was not SPLOTs funded.
The new St Sebastian Way desperately needs street trees

Mccuthe1
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Mccuthe1 05/19/11 - 01:30 pm
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Wheeler Rd was private funds.

Wheeler Rd was private funds. Private contibutions also paid for the Henry St landscaping. If residents of South Augusta want something done, don't wait on the city to do it. What ever happened to the group cleaing up Gordon Highway?

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countyman 05/19/11 - 06:43 pm
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In March the city received a

In March the city received a $50k Gateway grant to be used to landscape at the intersection of Gordon Hwy/Deans Bridge rd.. The Gordon Hwy Development Committee donated $10k to go along with the grant money...

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 05/19/11 - 07:44 pm
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Reminds me of the story I

Reminds me of the story I heard recently about the lamp posts that were earmarked for Crawford Ave. but eventually ended up being installed on Henry St..... Hmmm... Can't have Harrisburg looking better than Henry St now can we? Pardon my cynicism but Ive seen a bit too much of Augusta politics to be surprised anymore.

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Pu239 05/19/11 - 08:08 pm
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Those are going to have to be
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Those are going to have to be some skinny trees to be in the median at Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge....

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