Luke Garden


field of yellow and purple wildflowers

Luke Garden Site

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

Methods/Timeline:

Needs

  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.)

References:

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.