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Posted on: May 9, 2018

Award Winning Friends Groups!

Kiest Friends

The Friends of Oak Cliff Parks (FOCP), a garden club started in 2002, works in four historic parks in Oak Cliff; Kidd Springs, Kiest, Lake Cliff and Oak Cliff Founders Parks. This committed group of volunteers donates over 2000 hours a year on both new and restorative horticultural and structural projects.

Recently the organization earned eight awards by District X Garden Clubs Inc. for projects completed in 2017. District X covers 8 counties in the Greater Dallas area and represents over 50 garden clubs. Four of the awards were for projects completed at Founders Park just south of downtown; two for projects at the Kiest Conservation Area and two for the FOCP website and Facebook page.

The first award winning project at Oak Cliff Founders Park included the planting of a mixed spring bulb floral bed, over fifty yards long and twenty yards wide with over 2500 spring bulbs including multiple varieties of daffodils, hyacinths, dutch iris and crocus.

The second project was a nectar bed planted in an abandoned in-ground swimming pool at Lake Cliff Tower. The bed was planted with both pink and purple Mexican petunias and roses.

The organization’s efforts at Kiest Conservation Area was awarded for the opening of the Meadow Loop Trail, clear-cutting a four foot wide mile path, hauling brush, bench cutting, the installation of eight bluebird houses, two owl boxes, and permanent bilingual signage. This award winning project was funded in part by a $10,000 grow south grant awarded to FOCP in 2016.

State project awards were announced Mid-April at the State Convention in Fort Worth, site of the State of Texas Garden Club headquarters. At the state level FOCP received 6 first place awards and 1 second place award for club projects. Advancing projects that won were the swimming pool conversion, winning the May Duff Walters Achievement Award (1st place), the spring bulb planting which won both the Kellog Civic Achievement Award (1st place) and the Community Beautification  Award (2nd place), the Nature Trail Award for outdoor trail work and docent signage at the Conservation Area (1st place), the Bird Protection Award for the installation of the ten bird houses at the conservation area (1st place), and a first place for both the FOCP website and Facebook page.

The crowning achievement was the selection of the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Garden Club as the State of Texas Green Garden Club of the year. This award, the highest state award a garden club can receive, was the perfect culmination to a year of hard work. 

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