NATIVE GARDENS & LANDSCAPING
Like Highland itself, Downtown Highland’s streetscape is unique and close to nature. Over 5,000 acres of State Recreation Area is at our Downtown’s backdoor and we are celebrating our natural environment by bringing some nature into our streetscape.
The benefits of native landscaping include not only beauty, but water savings, wild-life attraction such as butterflies and birds and no need for fertilizing as it is adapted to our environment.
Our gardens consist of many natives, black-eyed susans, butterfly weed, wild onions, to name a few. It takes time for native gardening to balance itself and this year it is doing just that. While we have also added bug houses to benefit the plants, some annuals for consistent color and we are not done yet. Interpretative signage about the history in the area and information about native landscaping will soon be added. We are also investigating the possibility of adding a dry creek bed to one of the larger gardens for interest and it is also to reflect on some of the architecture in Highland. Have you noticed some of the stone on the homes etc?
This project is ongoing and this summer you will notice volunteers weeding, dead heading, switching some native plants for others that will be more appropriate for the space they are located. If you're interested in joining the effort give us a ring. You will not only be making your downtown beautiful but learn about the benefits of native landscaping.
THE STREETSCAPE PROJECT
The streetscape was a bricks and mortar development project planned for the Highland Station downtown business district. This imperative project included improvements and a major facelift for our downtown.
Highland's downtown is no different than a home; from time to time it needs some T.L.C. Quite frankly, parts of Highland Station were showing their age. It's was time we invest in our community, and at the same time, made the downtown a more pedestrian-friendly community!
The project included new sidewalks on both sides of Milford Road from M-59 south to Snook's Butcher's Shoppe/Colasanti's Produce. As well as the north side of East Livingston Road from Milford Road to Maher Feed & Pet Supply.