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New Plantings Celebrate Sustainability

Monday, July 03, 2017
by Saige Henkel | Student Director of Horticulture

If you’ve walked past the Garden in the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably noticed something a little more colorful about our exterior—the Corner Garden at the intersection of Babcock and Observatory has been planted! After weeks of planning and patience, the hard work of staff and volunteers has paid off in the form of a more vibrant and sustainable design that blends seamlessly with last year’s perennial meadow installation along Babcock Drive.

The Corner Garden is the latest in a series of projects undertaken by Garden staff to optimize the Garden's environmental footprint. These perennial plant communities evoke qualities of stable and resilient natural plant communities, but with the added element of human influence: the "art" of gardening. Lower requirements in weeding, watering, and fertilizer reduce maintenance inputs, while the constant waves of flowers appeal to our native pollinators and honeybees.

As some of the most visible areas of the Garden, the Corner Garden and Babcock Border are also the trickiest to maintain. It was important during the planning process to select plants with eye-catching characteristics, four-season interest, and some serious drought tolerance. Plants chosen include both native and ornamental species in a well-organized planting matrix that will fill the space to create a lush and resilient meadow-inspired garden. Plant selections include Molinia caerulea ‘Poul Petersen’, Eryngium yuccifolium, Perovskia atriplicifolia, Sesleria autumnalis, Asclepias tuberosa, Salvia ‘Lurie’, Knautia macedonica 'Mars Midget' and many more.

On your next visits to the Garden, keep an eye on this new planting and watch it grow throughout the season.

The Allen Centennial Garden and its programs are funded entirely through private support - it receives no state or tuition dollars. To help support the Garden and continue to make our projects and programs possible, please consider a donation.

Tags: Garden Display and Design, Green Initiatives

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