Garden Restoration Project

Thanks goes to Keep Virginia Beautiful for supporting our effort to restore the Better Together Garden in Bryan Park. FoBP and volunteers from the Riverine Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists have been working hard to restore this once lovely garden.  In order to help restore habitat, most of our plants are native, or cultivars of natives which aren’t too different from the original native plants.  They will attract and support insect pollinators, including butterflies, moths and bees. (Did you know that for every three bites of food we eat, one bite wouldn’t exist naturally without bees?*)

In 2012, a generous grant of $500 from KVB was used to purchase plants, plant markers and mulch for the garden.  Want to see the progress we’ve made? You’ll find lots of photos in our photo gallery!

Planted in 2011

Gloriosa Daisies (Rudbekia)

In June these daisies bloomed profusely in two of the garden beds.

  • Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea purpura)
  • Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis “Husker Red”)
  • Gloriosa Daisy (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata)

Planted in 2012

  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  • Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)
  • Helenium (Helenium autumnale)
  • Gayfeather (Liatris spicata)
  • Horsefly Weed (Babtisia tinctoria)
  • Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum)
  • Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae “Purple Dome”)
  • Beebalm  (Monarda didyma “Grand Parade”)
  • Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • Phlox (Plox subulata “Fort Hill”)
  • Threadleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata “Zagreb”)

Planted in 2013: Annual Nectar Plants

  • Lantana
  • Tithonia
  • Cosmos
  • Zinnia
  • Ageratum
  • Snapdragon

*http://nativeplants.msu.edu/about/pollination

Our garden continues to thrive in  2014! You can click on the photos below for a bigger view.

Better Together Garden 2014

Better Together Garden 2014

Better Together Garden 2014

Better Together Garden 2014

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