Article and photos by Angela Gardner
Over the spring our group created and installed a rock pathway leading from a main sidewalk into the amphitheater. The area adjacent to the path was then deemed the future garden area and, to our amazement, was already filled with Milkweed, Bluestem grasses and some Echinacea and Ironweed. Carefully, the group weeded around these plants in order to preserve the native plants that were already present.
We wrapped up our last workday with a planting of Echinacea (coneflower), Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan), some Liatris and Milkweed varieties, Partridgeberry, Artemisia, Jack in the Pulpit, Nine Bark, Spicebush, Red Buckeye, Prairie tick dropseed and Mountain Mint. We also filled in rocky areas with compost and topped it all off with mulch.
Come out to the library, take a stroll and enjoy the garden. It should be a fantastical sight later in the summer when the Milkweed blooms.
Also, a big “Thank You!” to those who helped to propagate and maintain plants in the PMSP greenhouse. We got a lot of space filled up with their Echinacea and Black Eyed Susan.
The next phase of this project will take place in the fall, so stay tuned.