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Welcome Station

Welcome Station

The Welcome areas offer you an overview of the Beyond the Midway project. The stations themselves contain flooring of permeable pavers called Xeripavers. These natural rock pavers provide an infrastructure to assure that the kiosks rid themselves of stormwater.
Wetlands

Wetlands

Absorbing, soaking and purifying, the wetlands, the sponges of the earth, are one of the most diverse systems of nature.

Rain Garden

Rain Garden

The beauty of a garden space designed as a Rain Garden hides an underground foundation that captures and treats rainwater and infiltrates it efficiently into the earth.

Swale

Swale

This long unpaved channel captures rushing water, slows it down and allows it to absorb into the ground.

Rain Barrel

Rain Barrel

For generations the gentle sound of rain on a rooftop has brought comfort to families and a welcome source of water. From the roof through the downspouts to the rain barrel water was harvested to irrigate vegetable and flower gardens.

Noted Trees

Noted Trees

Along the trail you will find trees that grow easily in middle Tennessee such as: Sycamore, Bald Cypress, Weeping, Willows, River Birch, Eastern Cottonwood, Pawpaw, Hornbeam/Ironwood, Black Gum, Bur Oak, Sweet Gum & Swamp White Oak

Midway

Midway

During the Wilson County Fair this large parking area is transformed into the glitter of the Midway. Rides, games and food fill the area. Beyond this area, lies an environmental infrastructure that must handle nature’s elements throughout the year.
Low Area Drainage

Low Area Drainage

Trees and bushes combine to keep a natural low area from flooding the parking lots.

Fiddlers Grove/The Arboretum

Fiddlers Grove/The Arboretum

Under the careful guidance of the Master Gardeners the Fair Grounds is becoming a Level 2 Arboretum.  Along the trail and throughout the Fiddler’s Grove you will find wonderful and diverse examples of middle Tennessee’s trees, bushes and flowers.
Concrete

Concrete

Alternatives to traditional asphalt and concrete are found in several areas of the trail. The demonstration area of Pavers, Pourous Concrete and Grasscrete can be found along the edge of the Midway area. Each Welcome Station floor is paved with Xeripavers.