Summer in the LSII Prairie Garden

This summer we are working on a revamp of the LSII prairie garden. The garden has recently received some negative feedback, most comments center on the overabundance of Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis) and other grasses. Since the accidental mowing incident and construction that has taken place around the garden there is an opportunity for us to make it look even better to attract positive attention for the club. Since the garden is so small it would be difficult for us to demonstrate a true prairie restoration. It has been suggested by Rob Rothrock and other prairie enthusiasts that we focus on making the garden more of a demonstration of how homeowners can incorporate native plants into their own gardens. We still want to keep our native grasses and other prairie plants, but the garden will certainly be more appealing to a broader audience if we put in more flowering plants particularly on the boarders. We have already taken steps to eliminate some of the wildrye. Our plan is to keep the center of the garden fairly wild looking, with tall prairie grasses and forbs and to transplant more forbs into the border. We thought that transplanting a number of grasses and forbs into the spaces left by the wildrye would keep more weedy species from popping up in its place and allow us to give the garden a more landscaped look. Rob Rothrock has kindly offered to let us take a few plants from his prairie.
We are working on a map of our plans for the garden. If you have any suggestions or if you are in Carbondale this summer and would like to help with some of the work (we will need help watering after we transplant!) let us know.

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