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Seasons to share blooms from Nelson Memorial Foundation

As the seasons change, the beauty of the Nelson Memorial Foundation’s projects can be seen blooming across the county due to funding for landscaping provided regularly in honor of a Revolutionary War hero. The Nelson Memorial Foundation funds beautification projects throughout the year in Pike County and it was established in honor of Thomas ‘Century’ Nelson by his descendant Thaddeus Nelson Morris.

The most recent projects include landscaping at Zebulon City Park, at the Pike Auditorium, around the sign for Pike County High School that is near Highway 19 and at the Strickland Building in Concord.

“We were trying to turn a patio in a dark alley into a Charleston Garden to brighten the area. We used contrasting deep green upright plants with gold and lemon-lime leaves on lower plants to make it appear brighter and more welcoming,” said Frankie Flanders.

Flanders Nurseries Inc. installs Nelson Memorial landscaping projects and last fall they donated the labor, plants and materials for landscaping around the Pre-K and primary school.
Nelson Memorial Foundation board members provide landscaping funding across the county with member Mark Nalls in charge of Zebulon projects, Pat Goodman in charge of Concord projects and Larry Lynch in charge of Pike County projects.

“You should see many of these landscaping projects bursting into color soon,” said Flanders. “We have been working with Concord mayor John Strickland, Zebulon city manager Larry Mitcham and the board of education’s Mick Rawls. They have been vital in providing the on-going care and watering for these projects.”

Upcoming projects will likely include landscaping at the middle school, health department and Chestnut Oaks arena.

“Flanders Nurseries is pleased to have designed and planted these various projects to beautify our community. It has been a pleasure to work with Pat Goodman, Larry Lynch and Mark Nalls to get these projects completed over the past few months. Sadly, Bobby Blalock passed away before his project was finished,” said Flanders.

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