Nebraska City High School horticulture students established their landscaping plot at the Otoe County Courthouse Thursday with 40 perennial, flowering and native plants.
The plot is one of three set aside around the courthouse for students at Nebraska City, Syracuse and Palmyra.
County Commissioners Carol Crook, who joined instructor Jim Nemec and horticulture consultant Vaughn Hammond with the plantings, said the day only marks the beginning of the landscaping project.
"It's a work in progress," she said. "It's something for each class to contribute to and learn from," she said.
Students earlier presented commissioners with four proposals highlighting types of plants and purposes.
Crook said the students were asked to combine the four proposals into one and Nemec said the class was able to come to a consensus plan.
Plants included red bud tree, butterfly bush, sweet kate, dog wood, bleeding hearts and red "knock out" roses.
The Nebraska City class has the plot on the east side of the main entrance sidewalk on the Central Avenue side of the courthouse. Syracuse is assigned the west side of the sidewalk and Palmyra has both sides on the north end of the property.
Students planting Thursday include Annalea Jorgensen, Karissa Bahr, Alexis Homan, Martina Murdock and Jessica and Melissa Schomerus.