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NATIVE DEMONSTRATION GARDENS. Kathy Henderson, Williamson County Chapter Presented at NPSOT State Board Meeting - April 19, 2014. OBJECTIVES. What is a Native Demonstration Garden? Why have one? First project: Georgetown Library Second project: Williamson County Landfill Results achieved.

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native demonstration gardens

NATIVE DEMONSTRATION GARDENS

Kathy Henderson, Williamson County Chapter

Presented at NPSOT State Board Meeting - April 19, 2014

objectives
OBJECTIVES
  • What is a Native Demonstration Garden?
  • Why have one?
  • First project: Georgetown Library
  • Second project: Williamson County Landfill
  • Results achieved
what is a demonstration garden
WHAT IS A DEMONSTRATION GARDEN?
  • A designed landscape containing natives and (optionally) well-adapted non-natives.
  • Located in a very public place
  • With a message to all:
    • Good aesthetics
    • Low water usage
    • Specialty purposes (butterflies, pollinators, etc.)
    • Importance of proper maintenance
    • “Native plants = healthy habitats”
why have one
WHY HAVE ONE?
  • Texas is growing rapidly;
    • Habitat destruction continues
    • Our water supply is at risk
  • Demonstration gardens can impact policy makers and the public
  • We need to “get the word out” more efficiently
  • A public initiative with a lot of leverage
georgetown library history
GEORGETOWN LIBRARY – HISTORY
  • Two demo gardens at old Georgetown Library
  • First tried a wildscape – not good
  • Second a managed garden - very successful
  • Chapter did all the maintenance
  • Library moved to new building
  • Maintenance handed to city and contractor with written instructions
  • Unsatisfactory results

Agnes Plutino

Agnes Plutino

Agnes Plutino

georgetown library history ii
GEORGETOWN LIBRARY – HISTORY II
  • New library in 2008
  • Contract designer – African iris, Crepe Myrtle, “row crops”.
  • 2014 Water Reduction initiative by City – an opportunity
  • City asked for a new native landscape
  • Collaborative effort
    • City
    • NPSOT
    • Master Naturalists
  • Another chance to educate and influence

Diane Sherrill

Marilyn Perz

Marilyn Perz

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Kathy Henderson

Marilyn Perz

Kathy Henderson

Kathy Henderson

Kathy Henderson

william s on county landfill entrance pollinator garden
WILLIAMSON COUNTY LANDFILL ENTRANCE – POLLINATOR GARDEN
  • Landfill owned by County
  • Operated by contractor
  • Started Gateway project
    • Hired landscape designer
    • Beach Vitex, Chinese Pistache, Crepe Myrtle, etc.
  • Operator asked Master Naturalists about a pollinator garden
  • NPSOT invited to collaborate
  • A chance to influence and educate

Marilyn Perz

williamson county landfill entrance 2012
WILLIAMSON COUNTY LANDFILL ENTRANCE - 2012
  • Started by planting wildflower garden
  • Began education about non-natives, invasives, and habitats
  • Began suggesting alternatives
  • Butterflies and hummingbirds started arriving

Marilyn Perz

williamson county landfill entrance 2013
WILLIAMSON COUNTY LANDFILL ENTRANCE - 2013
  • Wildflower garden growing
  • Permission to start replacing Vitex
  • NPSOT/Master Naturalist work sessions
  • Materials and “heavy lifting” furnished and paid for by landfill operator
  • Summer open house
    • Public
    • County commissioner
    • New Agri-Life agent
  • Growing cooperation and education

Marilyn Perz

williamson county landfill entrance 2014
WILLIAMSON COUNTY LANDFILL ENTRANCE - 2014
  • Installed rainwater collection system
  • Obtained TP&WD Wildlife Habitat and Monarch Waystationcertifications
  • Landfill operator decided to remove balance of invasives
  • Replacing with appropriate natives
  • Continuing influence and collaboration

Marilyn Perz

Dennis Perz

so why do this
SO WHY DO THIS?

Gain Influence

Educate Broadly

Build Credibility

Demonstrate

  • Aesthetics
  • Drought tolerance
  • Reduced water usage
  • No invasives
  • Birds and butterflies
  • Healthy habitats
  • Design
  • Plant selection
  • Maintenance
    • Mulch/weed
    • Watering
    • Trimming by season
  • Collaborations
    • City/County
    • Master Naturalists
    • Others
  • Side-by-side comparisons
  • Proper maintenance
  • Natives the better choice
  • Teach “native competent” maintenance
  • Leverage our knowledge and experience
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