Prosper has been awarded the Texas Municipal League’s Award of Excellence in the Public Works category for cities under 25,000 in population.
The award was presented at the TML conference in Austin in early October. Specifically, the statewide group cited the two gardens, one demonstration and one research, conceived and maintained by a consortium of interested parties, and the restoration of a decaying school garden. The consortium included the Town of Prosper, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Collin County Master Gardeners Association.
One of the two gardens sits in the shadows of the water tower at Craig Street and First Street, and is designed to test the suitability of various types of dwarf shrubs for the local area. It is the first of its type in the country, conducting long-term research of these plants under conditions that can be found in the local area.
The other garden is also on the grounds of the water tower and is designed to hold other types and species of plants. It is also designed to provide information on the plants’ livability and viability for use in the area.
The group also restored a neglected garden at nearby Rucker Elementary School, taking a large patch of the school’s property from a weedy, untended garden that had fallen into serious decline and bringing it back to its original state.
All three gardens fully utilize the Earth-Kind Landscape Management System which is focused on preserving and protecting the environment.
“These gardens are subject to the same sunlight, wind, temperature and rain conditions as every residence in Prosper,” said Project Manager Tristan Cisco. “The difference will be in the use of the Earth-Kind system. The project will be monitored by the AgriLife and the Master Gardeners. Their findings will be extremely helpful in water conservation and pesticide elimination.”
The Award of Excellence is the second for the Town of Prosper, having won a similar award for its communication program in 2011.