Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation celebrates National Planting Day on Saturday, Sept. 8, with a Free Gardening-Focused Event at the Peterson Community Garden in Hutto’s Old Town District. Each year Keep America Beautiful calls attention to the importance of native plants that attract pollinators through the celebration of National Planting Day.

Keep Hutto Beautiful Foundation’s event will feature several speakers, youth activities, as well as an opportunity to purchase plants on Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon as part of that this nationwide initiative. Held at the Peterson Community Garden, the event will be 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.

Speakers will include 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 will be hosting a youth area for making paper pots and other kid-friendly activities. Wright's Nursery will be 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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