‘Picture Coastal Bend College’ ribbon cutting to be held April 18

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at Coastal Bend College in Beeville on Monday, April 18, at 10 a.m. for “Picture Coastal Bend College,” an art installation. The event will take place in the wildflower field in front of the college at 3800 Charco Road.

 “Picture CBC” is a 15-foot by 12-foot picture frame inspired by a similar one in the city of Innsbruck, Austria in the city square. “Picture CBC” sits in the wildflower field at the intersection of Charco Road and Highway 181 North.

 The oversized picture frame has the wildflower field in front of it and the college administration and theatre buildings in the background. The wildflowers are starting to bloom now. The late Margaret Moser donated funds to reseed the field last year. She will be remembered for her role in this project.

 Anyone who wants to “frame” their visit to Bee County, Beeville and Coastal Bend College is encouraged to take pictures at any time. Students, employees, graduates, clubs and community members as well as tourists and businesses are encouraged to use “Picture CBC.”

 The picture frame is a part of CBC’s permanent art collection. Outdoor sculptures made of wood, stone, metal and glass dot the landscape of the college and are always available for viewing. Some of the installations are donations by artists, alumni, clubs or civic groups; others are student projects.

 Coastal Bend College has an extensive and diverse permanent art collection and the Simon Michael Art Gallery. The work of artists from around the world, Texas artists, faculty and students are part of the gallery schedule.

 For more information on the ribbon-cutting or the picture frame, contact Glynis Holm Strause, CBC Dean of Institutional Advancement, at (361) 354-2447 or ghstraus@coastalbend.edu.

Mowing Schedules for Texas WildflowersWildflower plantings can be beautiful, self-sustaining landscapes that require little maintenance if managed properly. If an area must be moved, mowing at the correct times will help sustain the beautiful wildflowers that we all enjoy in the spring. In Texas, many annual wildflowers germinate in the winter, complete their life cycle, and produce seeds by June. Understanding this cycle can help manage for optimum wildflowers. 
Month Maintenance Annual Wildflower Growth Stage
January Stop mowing  Very small plants appear; roots develop. 
February Do not mow  Wildflower seedlings grow during warm periods.Some early flowers bloom. 
March Do not mow  More early flowers bloom.Bluebonnets begin blooming. 
April Do not mow  Bloom period peaks. 
May Do not mow Late flowers begin blooming.Early flowers form seeds.



Late June

Do not mowMow when seeds mature Wildflower seeds develop and mature.Wildflower stalks begin to dry. The area will look unkempt, but it’s important to let the flowers seed.

Wildflower seeds may be mature in mid- to late-June.

July Mow if necessary Stalks are dry; seeds mature.
August Mow if necessary  
September Mow Mowing will open the ground to allow wildflower seeds from last year to sprout.Mow to prepare for planting wildflowers.
October Mow if necessary Wildflowers start to sprout.
November Mowing will not be necessary after a freeze Grasses will go dormant after a freeze.
(Source: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)


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