Walking For Horticulture

BILOXI (WLOX) -- South Mississippians laced up their sneakers for a walk in the park. However, the event was about more than health and fitness. This walk aimed to make South Mississippi a bit more green.

"The coast is so full of natural beauty, and it's important to the heart and soul to have our natural beauty back," said Lynn McClain, the board president with the Mississippi Renaissance Garden Foundation.

The organization is working hard to rebuild and replant along the South Mississippi Coast and these days, their focus is Hiller Park.

"I just think people don't realize it's here and other people may think there are problems and things going on but that's not true. It's a very beautiful park, and it's here for all the citizens along the coast," McClain said.

The group plans to build a horticulture center and botanical garden in the park.

The garden will reflect the heritage of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but before they start planting, they have to keep fundraising. Just one reason for the first ever Horticulture for Humanity Walk.

"We've had donations come in, and we've had people real excited about all of the things that are going to be happening," said Martha Boyce.

Boyce says the group chose Biloxi's Hiller Park because it's underused. They're hoping to give it a new look and feel, in hopes of making it one of Biloxi's premier parks.

Saturday's 'Walk in the Park' was sponsored by the Mississippi Renaissance Garden Foundation and the Harrison County Beautification Commission.