Project brings landscaping to park – Morganton News Herald

Project brings landscaping to park – Morganton News Herald

VALDESE — Valdese Lakeside Park was the beneficiary of Bimbo Bakeries’ Good Neighbor Program for 2021.

Each year, employees of Bimbo Bakeries choose a community service project to work on. The bakery funded new landscaping at the park, and 28 employees spent more than five hours installing 84 plants around the new parking lot and soon-to-be dog park.

The plants, including hydrangea, magnolia and roses were installed using two large loads of topsoil and 30 cubic yards of mulch.

Settlemyre Nursery organized the day, which took a week of planning in coordination with the Friends of the Valdese Rec, who raised funds to purchase the park property and have worked to make it suitable for public use. FVR President Beth Heile met with nursery owner Brandon Settlemyre at the park to discuss the budget and areas that needed landscaping. After that meeting, Settlemyre designed the layout of plants that would work best in the environment. The day before the official Bimbo Bakeries workday, Settlemyre employees delivered and placed all the plants in their designated planting spot.

On a recent Friday morning, the huge Bimbo crew made up of employees from the Valdese plant sanitation department and the area sales team arrived ready to work. After receiving planting tips from Settlemyre, attendees got to work and were joined by two Settlemyre employees and three FVR volunteers.