RALEIGH, N.C. — Bright pops of color may catch your eye along the highways of North Carolina.

Each year, awards sponsored by the Garden Club of North Carolina are given to the best-looking flower beds in each region of the state.

The winners of the Best Regional Wildflower Planting in the Eastern Region were:

  • First place: Division 4, I-95 at MM 111.5 Wilson County
  • Second place: Division 2, I-587 at NC 43 Pitt County

The awards recognize the efforts of NCDOT staff who carry out the program and enhance the overall appearance and environmental quality of the state’s highways.

“Our wildflower beds wouldn’t be successful without the hard work put in by our staff. Their commitment to creating detailed flower beds for everyone to enjoy deserves every recognition,” said Harris.

“The Wildflower Program is a long-lasting initiative, and we can’t wait to see the beautiful blooms that are due to grow in 2023”. 

The Wildflower Awards were given for beds that bloomed in 2022:

William D. Johnson Daylily Award:

  • First place: Division 7, I-40 at Koury Blvd Guilford County
  • Second place: Division 13, I-240 West at Exit 8 Buncombe County

Best Regional Wildflower Planting, Central Region:

  • First place: Divison 9, I-85 South at Exit 91 Davidson County
  • Second place: Division 7, US 220 Rockingham County

Best Regional Wildflower Planting, Western Region:

  • First place: Division 11, US 421 Wilkes County
  • Second place: Division 12, US 321 at High Shoals Lincoln County

Best Overall Division Wildflower Program:

  • First place: Division 9, which includes Stokes, Forsyth, Davie, Davidson and Rowan
  • Second place: Division 7. which includes Alamance, Caswell, Guilford and Rockingham