I was asked by the town of Needham to beautify a park that had been neglected for many years and was mainly utilized as a pass through for commuters. The conditions at the site were far from optimal. Invasive plants and weeds were well established, the soil had been covered with a black plastic weed blocker for years; anaerobic conditions had left the soil lifeless. Soil tests confirmed it.
I created a natural space for people to experience beauty and wildlife. Over the winter of 2019 I designed three gardens in the park exclusively using native plant species. My goal was to teach others about the beauty and functions of native plants without direction. People sit and absorb it. I In the design I included grasses and evergreen shrubs for 4 season interest. The first season I hand watered to ensure the plants adjusted. Now, maintenance is minimal because plants were placed in appropriate conditions and every niche is filled, helping keep weeds at bay. People now sit on benches and at picnic tables to enjoy the spectacle of birds and butterflies and enjoy the beautiful flowers.
Without the people of Needham, local businesses and friends, it would have been impossible to complete. Needham has since created accounts at nurseries that carry the material I need. I am very grateful.
| Anise hyssop|| Agastache foeniculum|
| Butterfly Weed||Asclepias tuberosa|
| Black Eyed Susan||Rudbeckia hirta|
| Winterberry||Ilex verticillata|
| Witch Alder||Fothergilla gardenii|
| Inkberry||Ilex glabra|
| Mountain Mint||Pycanthemum muticum|
| Giant Allium Bulb (non-native)||Allium ‘Globemaster’|
| Cat Mint||Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’|
| Blue Star||Amsonia tabermontana|
| Goldenrod "fireworks"||Solidago ‘Fireworks’|
| Tick Seed||Coreopsis lanceolata’|
| Karl Foerster Grass||Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’|
| Blue Star Juniper||Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’|
| Purple Coneflower||Echinacea purpurea|
| Feather Grass||Nassella tenuissima|
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