Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney, Texas- For the Love of McKinney Texas https://crapemyrtletrails.org Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:05:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 96007709 13th Annual Crape Myrtle Trails 1 Mile Fun Run, 5k and 10K USATF Certified Courses. https://crapemyrtletrails.org/12th-annual-crape-myrtle-trails-1-mile-fun-run-5k-and-10k-usatf-certified-courses/ Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:19:36 +0000 http://crapemyrtletrails.org/?p=1565 13th Annual Crape Myrtle Trails 1 Mile Fun Run, 5k and 10K USATF Certified Courses.
New this year, we will be holding the event at Boyd High School 600 N Lake Forest Dr, McKinney, TX 75071– Petting Zoo, Kiss-the-Pig Contest – Not only fun fitness for all but FUN for all!
Join us at Myrtle Village from start to finish…
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Planting at McKinney High School https://crapemyrtletrails.org/planting-at-mckinney-high-school/ Fri, 18 Dec 2015 14:40:37 +0000 http://crapemyrtletrails.org/?p=1522 Let’s hear it, fellow CMT board members, for Matt and his employee. Two-handedly, they planted all 15 Twilight crape myrtles at McKinney High School this afternoon. Not many boards have members who get this down-and-dirty.

THANKS, MAT

These are the crape myrtles that we have “owed” MHS for a couple of years. We chose the same variety that we originally planted as the very first plantings anywhere of the Crape Myrtle Trails – even before Eldorado Parkway. They were planted in honor of MHS Valedictorian Danny Lowe in 1999. Unfortunately, 12 of the original 15 were mowed down and the remaining 3 were plowed under when the construction began at MHS several years ago. So we’re starting over. That’s the way life works sometimes.

It’s my hope that soon after the New Year we will be able to get the Student Council (who paid for the plants), their sponsor Jeff, principal, Rick, Danny and his mom and dad for a photo op with the new plants.

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Is it “crape myrtle” or “crepe myrtle”? https://crapemyrtletrails.org/is-it-crape-myrtle-or-crepe-myrtle/ Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:14:37 +0000 http://crapemyrtletrails.org/?p=1475 There are few people & mainly  one person that I am aware of that mainly spells it the way you have spelled it. He is a PhD in Oklahoma who has done much horticultural research and has created  several very good  hybrids……. beautiful trees.

Yet, The Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney did extensive research with the U.S. National Arboretum, noted authors with growers & PhD.s from leading horticultural  universities and with its literary  history.  This is why we spell it the way we do.
However, horticulturalist do not spend their time or efforts on common names. Horticulturalist, botanist and landscape architects base their decisions on scientific binomial nomenclature. Everyone agrees that the real name is Lagerstroemia indica.  There are approximately 50 species of  Lagerstroemia.   There is only one scientific name for each plant on earth. For instance in the United States there are eight trees called a tulip tree yet no one argues over which tree is spelled which way or which is truly “The” tulip tree.

What I hope what you will take from our group is the education and the more than 50,000 crape myrtles that have been planted in the McKinney area in the last several years.  We have affected a community in a very positive way through beautification, research in insects, and freeze damage control, through tourism, and the more than 10,000 Mother’s Day crape myrtles given to the mothers of 5th graders in our wonderful city.

For another take on the spelling you can visit: http://www.garden.com/garden-articles/is-it-crape-myrtle-or-crepe-myrtle/140/

 

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2015 Fun Run & 5K and 10K https://crapemyrtletrails.org/2015-fun-run-5k-and-10k-2/ Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:26:52 +0000 http://crapemyrtletrails.org/?p=1469 As our RUN THE TRAILS attracts families and the more serious runners we have added a 10K along with the 5K to the event. With this addition we hope to attract from all over the county.  This year 2015 will begin at Boyd High School and venue a whole new scene for the runners. You can find the course maps: Click Here (USATF Certified Courses)

Myrtle Village is a fun festival area for families to enjoy before and after the race.  The village consists of sponsor’s booths and tables  intermixed with games, activity stations and concessions.

Sponsor donations are non-refundable.  Donations are tax-deductible.  For questions about the event, contact CMT Board President, Phil Wheat, at pdwheat@unitedplanners.com or Download PDF Sponsor Flyer

To Volunteer for this event please Register Here

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2015 Fun Run & 5K and 10K https://crapemyrtletrails.org/2015-fun-run-5k-and-10k/ Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:35:27 +0000 http://crapemyrtletrails.org/?p=1467 As our RUN THE TRAILS attracts families and the more serious runners we have added a 10K along with the 5K to the event. With this addition we hope to attract from all over the county.  This year 2015 will begin at Boyd High School and venue a whole new scene for the runners. You can find the course maps: Click Here (USATF Certified Courses)

Myrtle Village is a fun festival area for families to enjoy before and after the race.  The village consists of sponsor’s booths and tables  intermixed with games, activity stations and concessions.

Sponsor donations are non-refundable.  Donations are tax-deductible.  For questions about the event, contact CMT Board President, Phil Wheat, at pdwheat@unitedplanners.com or Download PDF Sponsor Flyer

To Volunteer for this event please Register Here

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Crape Myrtle have taken a hit from this past winter’s cold. https://crapemyrtletrails.org/crape-myrtle-have-taken-a-hit-from-this-past-winters-cold/ Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:25:15 +0000 http://crapemyrtletrails.org/?p=1445 Garden Tip: (This one isn’t going to be fun. I’m going to ask that you trust me on this – I’ve been down this road before.)

Several varieties of crape myrtles in our side-by-side comparisons in the Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney have taken a hit from this past winter’s cold. While temperatures didn’t drop as low as they have in other years, there was sustained cold as well as cold that came earlier than usual.

The result: several varieties have frozen to the ground. I have seen the same thing in other DFW area plantings, and it’s likely to be showing up in other parts of Texas as well.

Unfortunately, the varieties that seem to be hurt worst are the fast-growing types that are so commonly sold. Tuscarora, Natchez, Muskogee are either sparsely leafed or entirely bare as of April 17. This is a planting of my favorite red, an old variety called Country Red. Unfortunately, I can no longer recommend it for plantings in areas where temperatures drop into the low teens and colder.

What to do now: If you have crape myrtles that have not leafed out, you are almost assuredly seeing root sprouts coming up around the plants’ bases. Before those sprouts grow any taller, cut the old trunks (no matter their size) back to within an inch of the soil. They aren’t going to leaf out again, and you need to get them out of the way.

Allow the new sprouts to develop for the next several months. The plants will look like vigorous shrubs – you’ll probably have 20 or 30 stems per plant. Remember that the roots weren’t hurt, so they’re going to be pushing a bunch of water and nutrition up into the top growth.

By late summer 2015, as the new stems begin to turn woody, remove all but eight or ten of them. Even if you intend to have no more than three trunks eventually, allow extras to develop. They are quite brittle and they can snap and break easily.

Next year, remove all but the trunks you intend to leave. Keep the plants watered and fed, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly they will look great once again. Within two or three years you’ll never know anything happened.

Here is a link to the variety recommendations of our Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney: http://crapemyrtletrails.org/best-crpe-myrtle-size/

(What you’ve just read is actually the very same advice we with the Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney give to correct plants that have been mutilated through topping – simply cut them back to the ground and let them regrow.)

Posted by Neil Sperry – Facebook

 

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10th Annual Crape Myrtle Trails 1 Mile Fun Run, 5k and 10K USATF Certified Courses. https://crapemyrtletrails.org/10th-annual-crape-myrtle-trails-1-mile-fun-run-5k-and-10k-usatf-certified-courses/ Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:33:14 +0000 http://crapemyrtletrails.org/?p=1448 10th Annual Crape Myrtle Trails 1 Mile Fun Run, 5k and 10K USATF Certified Courses.
New this year, we will be holding the event at Boyd High School 600 N Lake Forest Dr, McKinney, TX 75071– Petting Zoo, Kiss-the-Pig Contest – Not only fun fitness for all but FUN for all!
Join us at Myrtle Village from start to finish…
See these links:

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Former Mayor Bill Whitfield with an award of appreciation. https://crapemyrtletrails.org/former-mayor-bill-whitfield-with-an-award-of-appreciation/ Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:00:03 +0000 http://crapemyrtletrails.org/?p=1411 March 2, 2015. CMT board president Phil Wheat presents long-time board member and former mayor Bill Whitfield with an award of appreciation from the board in recognition of his many years of hard work and service.

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Announcing Main Street McKinney as New Partner https://crapemyrtletrails.org/announcing-main-street-mckinney-as-new-partner/ Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:22:39 +0000 http://crapemyrtletrails.org/?p=1354 The Fun Run Committee meet with Director, Amy Rosenthal and Program Coordinator,Michelle Hancock with Main Street McKinney to join in promoting OKTOBERFEST  along with the Crape Myrtle trails, RUN THE TRAILS events on September 27th.  Come Run the new route now certified USTF starting at Cockrill Middle School in the  Morning and then head over to Downtown McKinney and join in the annual OKTOBERFEST festivities.OktMcK_Logo

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2014 Fun Run & 5K and 10K https://crapemyrtletrails.org/2014-fun-run-5k/ Fri, 02 May 2014 15:56:20 +0000 http://crapemyrtletrails.org/?p=1328 This year we have added a 10K to the event for the more serious runners.  We hope to attract from all over the county.  This year 2014 will begin at Cockrill Middle School and venue a whole new scene for the runners.

Myrtle Village is a fun festival area for families to enjoy before and after the race.  The village consists of sponsor’s booths and tables  intermixed with games, activity stations and concessions.

Sponsor donations are non-refundable.  Donations are tax-deductible.  For questions about the event, contact CMT Board President, Phil Wheat, at pdwheat@unitedplanners.com or Download PDF Sponsor Flyer

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