The Holden Beach Beautification Club gave Halstead Park a much-needed makeover on Saturday. This small park on the waterway at the end of Halstead St. features a picnic area and a fishing dock and has suffered from a lack of water and maintenance. Members cleared dead vegetation and planted perennials and a few colorful annuals. Still to come, a colorful new sign will be placed to identify the park. Check out the before and after photos!
For this side bed, Club members removed dead and dying plants, transplanted the Purple Queen plant to a new spot, and added ornamental grasses and blooming perennials.
For the front flowerbed, the overgrown tree was trimmed up to allow breezes through to the picnic area. Additional Purple Queen plant was transplanted and a few more perennials and annuals were added for color. A volunteer palm was transplanted to a more appropriate spot.
Beside the trashcan area, a dead Muhly Grass was removed and the volunteer Palm was replanted in the spot.
The bed on the waterway side was cleaned and planted with Purple Queen plant.
This side bed was cleaned and the vegetation was pruned of damaged areas. Additional Oleanders and perennials were added for color.
Beside the walkway going to the dock, four new shrubs were planted to provide interest. The Landscaping Committee chose Bottle Brush shrubs for this spot. This plant is drought tolerant and blooms several times each year with red blooms that look like bottle brushes. The blooms are favorites of butterflies, honey bees, and other pollinators.
Thanks to the Landscaping Committee for their hard work on a hot summer day! They plan to continue to monitor and evaluate this park for further enhancements. In the meantime, we hope that the fishermen and families who love this hidden gem of a park enjoy the improvements!