MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Over 100 plants are being added to Montgomery's own Botanical Gardens at Oak Park Thursday.
The plants are being planted by volunteers from the Alabama Master Gardener's Association, Capital City Master Gardeners, and the Central Alabama Master Gardeners. Plants range from Forsythia, Oakleaf Hydrangeas, and Limelight Hydrangeas.
"Botanical Gardens are a peaceful unifier for a community, it has been a long-time dream to have a Botanical Garden in Montgomery," said Cathy Maddox, President of the Alabama Master Gardeners Association and Treasurer of MBG. "We are beyond excited to get our hands dirty and be a part of the beginnings of what will be a beautiful garden for all of Montgomery."
The vision of the Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park, officials say, is to be a garden that embraces the city's future as a vibrant, diverse city.
The planting process is a part of a transformation of Oak Park, set to take place in three different phases. There is a unique was you can help in the planting process. Community members can donate to the gardens by adopting a plant.
There will be over 1000 plants from 30 different species of Southern trees, shrubs and plants. A list of plants needed to complete the gardens can be found at the Montgomery Botanical Gardens.
In December, Oak Park also gained the distinction of joining an international network as the 20th peace garden in the world and first designated in the state.
Additional gardens exist in Madrid, Spain; Nairobi, Kenya; Busan, South Korea; and various other locations across the world.