Garner blooms thanks to Duesey Days grand marshals

Earl and Linda Webner of Garner are grand marshals for 2019 Duesey Days Parade.
 Rebecca Peter|The Leader

GARNER – Garner is blooming! The attractive display of flowers and plantings on State Street and Central Park is, in no small measure, due the work of Earl and Linda Webner. The couple will be the grand marshals of the 2019 Duesey Days Parade, Saturday, July 13.

 “Sprucing Up Garner”

Several years ago, Linda and others enrolled in a master gardener class.

“As part of the master gardener class, you were to do community work,” she explained. The Garner Vision Committee had also organized, and did a study on improving the appearance of State Street.

State Street boulevard was the committee’s first big project. White silk lilac trees, roses, flowers and ornamental grasses were planted over time.

Trees and plantings were added around Central Park.

Linda obtained grants for the State Street and Central Park projects.

“We were fortunate,” she said. “Between Trees Forever and the Hanson Foundation…they were pretty generous.”

The triangular section of land along Highway 69 and 3rd Street was next big project. The area had become overgrown and an eyesore.

 “Some of the residents on 3rd Street came to us and asked if there was something we could do. I said, ‘Well sure,” Linda recalled. She obtained another Trees Forever grant.

The Vision Committee, 3rd Street residents, and other volunteers went to work. New plantings of magnolia trees, flowering shrubs, redbud and dogwood, flowering crab trees and a variety of shade trees went in the center. A windbreak is to the north.

 “It’s just amazing how many people stop Earl and me and say, ‘Oh how nice your community looks!’ That's what we're shooting for. To make our community appealing and inviting.”

Read the complete story in the June 26 Leader.