Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation hosted its first Fall Garden Fest in honor of the National Planting Day Initiative on Saturday, Nov. 3. A ribbon cutting, speaker series, and plant sale were part of the free gardening-focused event in Hutto’s Old Town District.

Held at the Peterson Community Garden, the event was an opportunity for the community to learn from knowledgeable experts about topics such as tree care, fall vegetable planting, composting, and creating pollinator-friendly landscapes in their own yards. The Hutto Area Chamber of Commerce performed a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate engraved bricks purchased by community members.

The bricks are being placed at a butterfly bench seating area connected to the garden’s Certified Monarch Waystation.

Speakers included Sue Wiseman and Gary Bowers from the Native Plant Society of Texas, Rob Grotty with the city of Hutto, Lance Romigh with Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation and Jane Bowman from the Williamson County Master Gardeners.

Patsy Bredahl and the Junior Master Gardeners hosted a youth area for making paper pots and other kid-friendly activities. Daisy Troop 45111 completed a Fairy Garden Installation to be on display at the Peterson Community Garden, allowing troop members to earn patches for their hard work. The event also had Wright's Nursery was onsite selling Native Texas plants throughout the entire event.

The Peterson Community Garden is located at 205 Hutto Street in Hutto. This historic piece of land in Hutto's Old Town neighborhood is an authentic, living piece of Hutto's agricultural history. The Foundation’s vision for the space is to transform it into a series of demonstration gardens and teaching areas while paying homage to the garden’s namesake, Curtis Peterson.

Keep America Beautiful’s National Planting Day, a fall initiative of the Great American Cleanup, is a national call to action designed to mobilize Americans to support local ecosystems by planting native species. Green spaces restore our communities, helping to make them more environmentally healthy, socially connected, and economically sound.

Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation’s mission is to inspire the community to be environmentally engaged by providing education, resources, green initiatives and beautification opportunities. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is a Silver Star Affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful.

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