The teaching garden behind the Native Plant Center’s headquarters has a wonderful new look. What was once a series of themed beds has been redesigned into a single, cohesive garden that can be replicated by gardeners and landscapers. The New American Cottage Garden uses native plants in familiar elements of a home garden such as a perennial bed, shrub border, and water feature. The lawn has been replaced with shrubs and ground covers to further illustrate sustainable gardening principles.
The design for the new garden was created pro-bono for The Native Plant Center by landscape architect Ken Uhle (see page 2), who also worked closely as project manager throughout the construction and installation process. A main attraction is the renovation of the central bed to showcase natives in a formal display that appeals to gardeners with a more traditional sensibility. Among the other highlights is the widening of bluestone paths to make them all ADA accessible, the addition of extra seating, and the addition of an arbor and water garden to feature native vines and native water-loving plants.
The garden’s location at a hub of the campus provides an ideal educational opportunity to feature the ornamental and environmental benefits of native plants. The more than 800 new plants throughout the garden represent 59 species and cultivars, and include species taught in our Go Native U continuing education classes so that students can see the plants firsthand. Though finishing touches are still under way, people are already using and enjoying the space, awed by its beauty, composition, and color. The garden’s official unveiling will be during the Center’s 20th anniversary in 2018. Stay tuned for details.
Please help us in the revitalization of the garden for our 20th anniversary.