Let's Talk about the Birds and the Bees
We've planted many new spring, summer, and fall blooming shrubs and perennials in The Park to provide seasonal color and much needed nectar for birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. We added a butterfly perennial garden in the sunny section of The Park with fragrant drifts of black-eyed Susan, coreopsis, aster, phlox, and goldenrod.
As trees need to be replaced over time, the focus will be on native trees which are both aesthetically pleasing and beneficial to wildlife. We will improve the soil and drainage by mulching leaves in the fall, adding ground covers to all beds, and minimizing the use of pine straw mulch. These practices allow for a more naturally integrated appearance.
The Cherokee Garden Club Community Fund provided financial support for completing the initial phase adding perennials and ground covers at each of The Park entrances to encourage neighbors who live and work nearby to enter The Park and enjoy the space. With their support, we also addressed erosion issues and began planting the fern glade.
If you'd like to learn more about the role of native plants in preserving precious wildlife - and the planet - for future generations, watch the excellent Cherokee Garden Library Talk by Douglas W. Tallamy, author of Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard and The Nature of Oaks.
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