FLINT TWP. — Kristi Hunt, an administrative assistant at the township police department, gets the credit for the beautiful landscaping at the building entrance.
The multilevel grounds alongside the tiered entry steps has been transformed by plantings of flowering perennials and shrubs. There’s Delphiniums, Salvia, Trollius, Black-Eyed Susan, Daylily, Cone Flower, Scabiosa, Gaillardia, Penestemon, Veronica, Liatris, Daisy, Oenothera, Agastache, Yarrow, Anchusa, Obedient Plant and Gaura in the flower beds, said Hunt. The shrubs are Mock Orange, Sweet Shrub and Viburnum. Hunt plans to eventually label all the plants with its common and botanical name and also provide literature about each one.
Hunt took on the beautification project to earn volunteer hours towards becoming a Certified Master Gardener by the MSU Extension. She has completed about 36 of the 40 hours of required volunteer work. It took Hunt about nine hours to plant three flower beds and will take many more to maintain them including weeding, watering, fertilizing and deadheading.
“I have been gardening for about 30 years and have loved every minute,” Hunt said. “I always wanted to become a Master Gardener but wasn’t able to attend the classes due to work and home obligations…. I hope the community enjoys the flowers and shrubs for many years to come.”
Chief George Sippert praised Hunt’s work in a recent report to the township board.
“It looks really nice,” he said. “Over the years, when they (plants) mature, it will look even nicer.”
Michigan State University Extension offered its first Master Gardener Program in 1978 and has since involved more than 31,000 residents from 77 Michigan counties, according to its website. Last year, 3,991 Extension Master Gardener volunteers did more than 170,380 volunteer hours valued more than $4.02 million.