Luke Garden

field of yellow and purple wildflowers

Luke Garden Site

Northwest corner of church grounds adjacent to Goff Middle School and Gilligan Road



  1. Plant material (as listed below).
  2. Roundup herbicide and a spray device to apply
  3. Wood chip mulch (from E. Greenbush Transfer Station)
  4. Trowels, planting augers, cordless drills
  5. An interpretive sign for passers-by

Plant List:

  1. Asclepias syriaca Common Milkweed (from seed collected by Fred)
  2. Aster novae-angliae: New England Aster
  3. Aster novae-belgii: New York Aster
  4. Coreopsis lanceolata: Lance Leaf Coreopsis
  5. Echinacea purpurea: Purple Coneflower (crown divisions from Fred)
  6. Monarda fistulosa: Bergamot
  7. Monarda didyma: Oswego Tea
  8. Ratibida pinnata: Yellow Coneflower
  9. Rudbeckia hirta: Black Eye Susan
  10. Schizachyrium scoparium: Little Bluestem (grass)
  11. Solidago species: Goldenrod (Do not use Solidago canadensis, which, while it is native, is highly vigorous and tends to overwhelm desired vegetation.)


Leopold, Donald J., 2005, Native Plants of the Northeast – A Guide for Gardening and Conservation, Timber Press.
Tallamy, Douglas W., 2007, Bringing Nature Home – How You Can Sustain Wildlife With Native Plants, Timber Press.