November 30, 2015
Just in time for the brisk fall weather, Mueller’s six-acre community orchard is now complete. Serving as a link between the existing Southwest Greenway and the future Southeast Greenway, the edible plantings serve as an example of what is possible in residents’ very own backyards.
“The orchard serves as a way to get people thinking about where their food comes from,” said RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture’s Patrick McGannon. “It reminds users that food does not have to come from far away via the grocery store, but that the food we eat can be raised locally in our own community.”
The new orchard offers a variety of edible offerings of fruit and nut trees, all of which have been chosen based on research by the Texas A&M Agricultural Extension to find a variety of trees best adapted for Central Texas. Depending on the season, trees and fruits will produce Loring peaches, Asian pears, cork oaks, figs, kumquats, loquats, Meyer lemons, olives, pecans, persimmons, pomegranates and a variety of herbs.
The orchard’s design provides informational signage to describe the harvest potential for each season. Once complete, the extended Southeast Greenway will contain trails, a large pond complete with a boardwalk, recreational playfields, a child’s play area and even more native Texas landscapes.
In the meantime, enjoy the fall weather and explore the new orchard, which is located between Berkman Drive and Tilley Street along Tom Miller Street near the new section of homes under construction and the former control tower.
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