The RRMG have taken on the planning, designing, installing and maintaining of a pollinator garden at Lenn Park in Culpeper County, Va.
The purpose of the garden is to provide a highly visible public demonstration garden that illustrates habitat improvement practices for supporting Monarch butterflies and other pollinator species including bees and hummingbirds. This garden is used by RRMG for demonstration and educational programs that serve a variety of audiences, including homeowners, community groups, and students.
The garden has multiple purposes: providing habitat for pollinators; becoming a “Monarch Way station”; providing a demonstration garden for the community; providing a garden for educational talks and walks, especially for children; and providing beautification to the park.
The garden is planted with plants native to Virginia with most of the plants being native to Culpeper. A partial list of plants includes Golden Rod, Bee Balm, Serviceberry, Witch Hazel, a Redbud tree, Butterfly Weed and Milkweed. The garden was designed to have color and interest in every season and has a combination of grasses, shrubs and low lying plants to add texture and interest. The garden is located near the cannon in the park and is open all year during the same times and days as the park.
Project Lead- Kristin Meridith
Project Lead- Kip Cain
A native plant demonstration garden has been designed and work was started on the garden in 2017. The garden is located along the side of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Greene County office in Stanardsville. Development and maintenance of the garden will continue under the leadership of Kip Cain.