In 2016, the Conservancy embarked on a multi-year Native Meadows Project to replace fields of fast-spreading, unsightly invasives with an expansive new habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife, and a beautiful landscape feature for all to enjoy. We commissioned historically compatible, site-specific plans from Larry Weaner, a leading native meadow designer.
The plans specify dozens of drought- and deer-resistant plant species and require intensive management during the initial phase of growth. First, we seeded the meadows with a mix of native grasses and sedges. Over the 2017 growing season, we supervised our maintenance crew in performing a strict mowing regimen. Last fall, we planted over 2,000 wildflower plugs over 4+ days of volunteer work. We are continuing to monitor the meadows carefully and working with volunteers to remove invasives as needed.
The new meadows feature a wide array of wildflower species that will emerge over the coming seasons, including butterfly weed, white beardtongue, rattlesnake master, spiderwort, wild bergamot, rough blazing star, downy skullcap, blue false indigo, purple coneflower, and heart-leaf golden alexander. We will be planting more wildflowers with volunteers this spring.
This multi-year initiative would not have been possible without our dedicated volunteers (both adults and students) and our generous project sponsors. We still need your help! If you would like to learn how you can support this project, please contact Executive Director Lynn Parseghian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
***Finally, we remind everyone to please walk (and walk your dogs) outside of our fenced meadow areas. We are counting on your cooperation so our new grasses and tiny wildflower plugs will thrive! All of our turf areas remain open for your enjoyment. Thank you!***