RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation has announced the winners of the 22nd Annual Wildflower Awards. The awards recognize the efforts of NCDOT staff to carry out North Carolina's wildflower program and enhance the overall appearance and environmental quality of the state's highways.
The awards are sponsored by The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. Transportation Chief Operating Officer Jim Trogdon, GCNC President Judy Barnes and GCNC Roadside Committee Chair Pat Cashwell presented the awards at the Board of Transportation's Nov. 30 meeting in Raleigh.
A photo gallery of the award-winning flower beds can be found here on NCDOT's Flickr page.
The 2011 award winners are:
Best Overall Division Wildflower Program: First Place -Division 1, which includes Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties; Second Place -Division 4, which includes Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties; Honorable Mention -Division 14, which includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Swain and Transylvania counties;
William D. Johnson Daylily Award: First Place -Division 14 -U.S. 441 Franklin in Macon County; Second Place -Division 9 -I-40 at U.S. 421 in Forsyth County; Honorable Mention -Division 13 -I-240 at Exit 4A in Buncombe County;
Best Regional Wildflower Planting, Western Region: First Place -Division 11 -U.S. 601 in Surry County; Second Place -Division 13 -I-40 at mile marker 119 in Burke County; Honorable Mention -Division 14 -U.S. 74 at Exit 102 in Haywood County;
Best Regional Wildflower Planting, Central Region: First Place -Division 5 -I-40 at Aviation Parkway in Wake County; Second Place -Division 9 -I-85 at U.S. 52 in Davidson County; and Honorable Mention -Division 10 -I-485 at Idlewild Road in Mecklenburg County; and
Best Regional Wildflower Planting, Eastern Region: First Place -Division 6 -I-95 at mile markers 5 and 6 in Robeson County; Second Place -Division 4 -U.S. 117 Dudley in Wayne County; and Honorable Mention -Division 1 -U.S. 17 at Exits 254 and 256 in Pasquotank County.
The NCDOT Wildflower Program began in 1985 and is coordinated by the department's Roadside Environmental Unit, which installs and maintains 1,500 acres of wildflowers along North Carolina's highways.