Flora Aurora is the area around the Family Leisure Complex on Industrial Parkway North where we are planting hundreds of flowering trees and shrubs. This large project was constructed in 4 sections over a number of years.
We planted the first part of Flora Aurora prior to 2007. That bed, mainly Lilacs, near the Gazebo is making good progress. In Fall 2007, we had the ground prepared for Phase 1 and in 2008 planted much of the stock as well as parts of Phase 4.
In 2009 we added more stock to Phase 1. In 2010 the ground was prepared for Phase 2 (south) and that was planted in May 2011. In May 2012 we finished planting Phase 2 (north) and Phase 3. 2013 was a year of infill and additions and planting free-standing trees and shrubs outside the beds. By the end of 2014, the plantings were completed. Depending on weather and soil conditions, some stock will need to be replaced.
This process will continue over the coming years as Flora Aurora matures and evolves. The task now is to care for the plants in Flora Aurora and help them grow.
We see Flora Aurora becoming a feature attraction for the Aurora Community Arboretum and the Town of Aurora each Spring, helping make Aurora a special annual destination for visitors.