September 17, 2012
Several buildings on the Osage Nation campus are undergoing some landscape renovations. Dead trees and unattractive shrubbery have been removed to make way for new greenery.
“They’ll start putting these plants in within the next week,” Bruce Cass, Tribal Development and Land Acquisition Department Director explained.
The contract stipulates that all plants be fertilized with a two-year slow release fertilizer to keep them healthy. “We’re getting all of the compost and soil mixed and we’re replacing the damaged border at the edge of the flower beds,” Mr. Cass said. There is a watering plan in place to protect all of the new plants.
“This is all part of the beginning stages of the implementing the Master Plan to beautify the Osage Nation campus over the next five years,” Principal Chief John D. Red Eagle said.
At the Superintendent Building, flower beds and borders will be planted with pink azalea, Wichita Blue Juniper, hydrangea and yew.
The Administration Building will receive Blue Atlas Cedar and two types of hydrangea – Edgy Orbits and Alice Oak Leaf #7.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Building will be planted with yew, Japanese Maple, Edgy Orbits Hydrangea, Japanese Painted Fern, Gold Dust Acuba, Brandywine Viburnum. Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass and Wine and Roses Weigela will be planted on the west side of the building only.
The Indian Health Services Building will receive Wichita Blue Juniper and hydrangea.
“Our contract completion date is September 30, 2012 and we’re confident they’re going to meet that date,” Mr. Cass said.
Photos of landscape renovations in progress