LUMBERTON — If the blanket of pollen that has settled over the region wasn’t indication enough, spring has sprung in Robeson County, signalled by the opening of the Lumberton Council of Garden Clubs’ garden trail.
Through the end of May, Robesonians can follow white and green signs along the newly-extended route and check out pristine lawns throughout Lumberton.
The route heads south on Elm Street beginning at 24th Street, then snakes down Chestnut and Walnut streets before heading down 10th Street towards the Lumber River and Stephens Park. From there, the route takes Rowland Avenue to Roberts Avenue, and and winds through Mayfair and Lakewood Estates, and down Fayetteville Road to Wycliffe, The Oaks and Highland.
This year’ route was planned by Town and Country, one of Lumberton’s eight garden clubs.
“Hopefully the azaleas will be in bloom, the pear trees and all the flowers in Lumberton,” said Phyllis Gibson, Town and Country’s president. “We have a lot of beautiful homes and beautiful yards that are well manicured.”
The route, which takes about 45 minutes to drive at prime bloom-viewing speed, begins at Elm and 24th streets. Signs have been up since mid-March directing drivers by the homes featured on the route.
Viewers can expect to see hyacinths, daffodils, wildflowers and soon roses and pansies, Gibson said.
“Most of them already have their yards like they want them. As far as the new areas some of those people didn’t know they’d be part of the trail,” Gibson said.
Every year, a different one of Lumberton’s garden clubs organizes the trail. The council’s other projects include holding flower shows and beautifying Lumberton’s public library and walking trails.
Sarah Willets can be reached at 910-272-6127 or on Twitter @Sarah_Willets.