Landscaping and lawn renovation plans have begun for the Lincoln County Courthouse grounds in Troy with a cooperative alliance between the Lincoln County Commissioners and the Lincoln County Master Gardeners.
“I’m pleased that Presiding Commissioner Dan Colbert considered the expertise of our Master Gardeners and asked them to be a part of this project,” said University Extension County Program Director Wayne Shannon.
Part of the historic district, the courthouse is arguably not only one of the most photographed buildings in the county, but is also one of the most recognizable symbols of Lincoln County. The Master Gardeners have the opportunity to help preserve the beauty and integrity of the building and its history while helping to promote the county’s commitment to urban forestry and natural resources.
To highlight the history of the courthouse, the Master Gardeners will utilize many Missouri and Lincoln County native plant materials. Consideration of year-round interest and tree size at maturity has been taken into account during the planning for the new plantings.
Flower beds will be redesigned and new material will be planted as needed. Diseased and stressed trees, as identified by a certified arborist, will be pruned or removed and new ones planted.
Consultations with Urban Forester Perry Eckhardt of the Missouri Department of Conservation have led to the county applying for a T.R.I.M. grant to offset costs of tree removal and replacement. The Department of Conservation is also providing the services of a landscape architect to help provide guidance and suggestions for new bed designs with more native plant material.
One flower bed will be designated a “teaching” bed and will feature plants that have historical significance to the time period the courthouse was built. Informational signage will provide a brief history of the plants. In addition, Master Gardeners are actively working with the Lincoln County Historical Society to create plantings at the Old Jail Historic Site which will also be appropriate to the late 1800’s time period.
“Trees and shrubs are just like any other living thing; they have a set life span and then enter a stage of decline and need to be replaced or revitalized,” said Presiding Commissioner Colbert. “The Lincoln County Master Gardeners, with the support of the commissioners, are willing to donate their time and expertise to the courthouse grounds and the citizens of Lincoln County. We would like to thank the Master Gardeners for their leadership and contributions to this project.”