Greetings Wildlife Gardeners!
August is an exciting month for us over at the Community Wildlife Garden at Chapman’s Landing in Stratham. Our dedicated friends at Timberland are coming back to volunteer at the garden; as many of you know, they built the pond on site, planted trees and created walkways on the property.
On Wednesday, August 21st they will be coming back with backhoes, shovels and gloves (oh my!) to create our rain garden. This is very exciting for us as it will be visible from the road and is a huge step towards getting more curious visitors to the site. If you are wondering exactly what a rain garden is and how it can be built, here is a great link.
As you know, the best part of this Community Wildlife Garden is involving…you guessed it….the community. We would like to have this rain garden incorporate plants from the community’s garden beds, volunteers’ gardens, and local garden clubs. Below is a sketch and a list of plants that we will be planting. (While there are many plants that can thrive in a rain garden, we have chosen these wildlife-inviting plants specifically for this garden.)
So here is where we need your help! If you have these plants in your backyard and want to separate them, or transplant them to the Community Wildlife rain garden, we would love that! We want our community to visit this garden and say, “Hey, there’s the Buttonbush from my yard!” and feel a sense of ownership and involvement. We are asking for all plant donations to be dropped off at the wildlife garden on either August 19th or 20th so that Timberland can plant them on the 21st during their volunteer work day. Plants can be dropped off by the shed, which is where the garden will be built….don’t forget to label your plants so we know exactly whose garden they came from. Once this rain garden has been created and planted, we will need help maintaining and watering the plants. So if you are unable to spare plants for the garden, don’t fret, you will be able to help out with this rain garden and upcoming projects very shortly!
Here is the sketch of the garden and the list of plants that we are looking to have donated. Thank you all so much for being a part of this! We can’t do it without you! Please feel free to contact me with any questions.