The Presidents’ Garden
Community gardens are among the projects with regard to the local beautification efforts designed to enhance the Hunt area and foster civic pride. Among those efforts is the Presidents’ Garden adjacent to the Hunt Volunteer Fire Department on Highway 1340. There have been 40 past presidents of the Hunt Garden Club since its establishment in 1953.
In 2009 a major upgrade to the Presidents’ Garden was undertaken. The latest incarnation features drought-tolerant and deer resistant plants. The back portion of the bed has smaller rock topping along with larger landscape rocks complimenting the succulents growing there. A landscaper from the community designed the area, and Hunt residents donated large landscape rocks.
With combined effort from Garden Club members and the community another beautification project is available for all to enjoy.
A very rewarding community project for the Hunt Garden Club is the association with the Texas Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway Program. In April, 2011 the club conducted its first trash collection on a two mile stretch of Highway 39 starting at FM 1340, going west and ending at Rustic Hill Road. Since then, the club has conducted numerous trash collections and even distributed 400 wildflower seed balls along the two mile stretch.
The Adopt-a-Highway program began in Texas in 1985 and continues to grow, saving taxpayer’s money and keeping our rights-of-way clean. Following Texas’ lead, other states have created an Adopt-a-Highway program, and officials from Great Britain, Japan, and South Africa have visited Texas to learn more about starting programs of their own. This Texas-born program has spread to 49 states, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and Mexico. More than 1.3 million volunteers participate in Adopt-a-Highway nationwide.
According to Sandy Griffin of Hunt the plan is to get more involvement from students in the Hunt, Ingram and Kerrville schools. The schools have many programs where students need community time for their college resumes and what better way to get involved. If you know anyone who would like to help with trash collection, please contact Sandy Griffin at email@example.com.
“Green Homes in Hunt”
The above three homes were those featured in the spring of 2009 on the Green Homes tour sponsored by the Hunt Garden Club. The homes are excellent examples of ways in which to manage our environment. Pictures and descriptions can be accessed by clicking on the above three listings