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May 30, 2019

Partners for Plants Making a Difference Preserving A Woodland Garden on Mill Mountain

The Garden Club of America’s Partners for Plants (P4P) program supports member clubs in their efforts to preserve public lands across the United States. Building partnerships with land management and plant professionals along with support from the GCA’s P4P enables member clubs to restore and maintain natural landscapes in their communities. One such project, Mill Mountain Garden Club’s woodland garden atop Mill Mountain was recently featured by the Roanoke Times.

Almost 50 years ago Mill Mountain Garden Club partnered with Roanoke City to create a native ecosystem and quiet place atop Mill Mountain in the middle of Roanoke. This un-walled public garden provides a respite in the middle of the city. Visitors have the opportunity to learn the value of leaf-litter, humus, biodiverse plant groupings, canopy, pollinator-feeding blooms, and wildlife habitat. The wildflower garden is a tool to teach the value of landscaping with native plants in hopes to inspire replication in manybackyards. Read the full story in the Roanoke Times.  

Another P4P supported project, Weed Wrangle® was recently in the news. It was started by the Garden Club of Nashville in an effort to engage the public in eliminating invasive plant species from parks and other green spaces. Read this New York Times report for more on this initiative.  

Photo: Members of the Mill Mountain Garden Club joyfully tend the wildflowers on Mill Mountain, an unwalled woodland garden in Roanoke. Photo courtesy of Liza Field.

 

 

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2019 NATIONAL GCA MEDALISTS ANNOUNCED!
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2019 GCA Honorary Members Announced
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