Keep Aransas County Beautiful board member Christy Ilfrey recently led a renovation of the Rockport Post Office flower beds.

Ilfrey is owner of Native Dave and is passionate about the benefits of native landscaping. She recently led students from the Rockport-Fulton Middle School (RFMS) Ecology Club as a youth education component of her greening initiatives and the do’s and don’ts of basic planting. They installed all native, local Aransas County grown plantings that would attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and moths. The plantings were Dwarf Palmetto, Turk’s Cap, and Woolly Stemodia. The existing Esperanza and sage were removed, cut back, and replanted at RFMS in an appropriate area.

Prior to the install, the beds were overgrown, spilling out into the sidewalk. These large plantings also made it difficult to see into the building, causing a possible security issue for visitors going to their post office boxes at night. This was also an area where many cigarette buds were found in the un-kept beds. To alleviate this, KACB installed a Cigarette Butler from a grant given by the Coastal Bend Council of Governments to install 25 butlers around the county.

Native beds are important to the area because Aransas County resides as a “jumping off point” in the U.S. for hummingbirds and monarchs making their migration trek to and from Mexico over Gulf of Mexico waters.

Rockport Postmaster Michelle Soliz and staff were happy to see the work that was done and are willing to help with the upkeep of the beds.

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