The Garden Plot
Forsyth County Public Library
Hampton Park Library
The Garden Plot is thriving despite the drought and the bunnies!!! The purpose of this garden is to educate the public on the importance of butterflies in our gardens and to showcase the plants butterflies depend on during all stages of their life cycle. This garden will also stress the importance of gardening practices that conserve water, including the incorporation of drought-tolerant plants.
Our garden is composed of drought-tolerant and native plants. Recently an arbor has been installed to provide extra seating to enjoy the butterflies that are all over the flowers and herbs in the garden. The arbor is being covered by Trumpet Honeysuckle, Lonicera Semperivirens and looks beautiful.
250 bulbs and 50 irises were donated to the garden last year and they have blessed the garden with beautiful gladiolas and soft lavendar iris. There are 2 new Rose of Sharon trees growing to hide the back edge outside the garden. It has been a challenge to find native plants that are not favorites of the bunnies. There are so many bunnies that have made this beautiful garden their home. If you go to the garden in the cool of the evening you might be able to find the bunnies playing and it is hard not to find them so cute!!! Milorganite has been spread hoping to keep the nibbling at a minimum! We have many plants only to come back 24 hours later to find nothing but stems.
Stones were added to provide a walkway to the different areas of the garden that provide the needs of butterfly development. River stone was installed to improve drainage and is aesthetically pleasing. There are many gardeners that work hard to keep the garden at its best. Workdays were used to spread mulch and rock and we found the time was fun and much easier with friends working together.
New plants and shrubs planted in Spring 2012:
Rose of Sharon, Gladiolus, Iris, Butterfly weed, Asclepius Tuberosa, Cone-flower, Echinacea SP, Cotton Lavendar, Gray Santolina, Pincushion Flower, Scabiosa Caucasica, Russian Sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia, Black & Blue Salvia, Lamiaceae, Parsley, Petroselinum hortense, Boxwood Basil, Ocimum basilicum.
Original 2010 plantings include: Crape Myrtle 'Tonto', Rose Creek Abelia, Coreopsis, Verbena, Sedum 'Maestro', Knockout Rose, White Fringe Tree, Buddleia, Swamp Milkweed, Red Creeping Thyme, Fennel, Dill, Pink Muhly Grass, Aster, Phlox, Lantana, Mexican Feather Grass, Rudbekia fulgida, Rosemary, Chaste tree 'Shoal Creek', Blue-eyed grass, Coreopsis ' Creme Brulee', Blanket Flower Lilac, Ice Plant, Quince, Daylillies, Confederate Rose Hibiscus, Confederate Jessmine