A Community Project Goes Native
|This little oasis of native plantings in Ocean Ridge will soon fill out the space|
A native garden has benefits beyond the beauty of the plantings. At a time when we are drought conscious, a native garden will help conserve water, minimize or eliminate the need for fertilizers and pesticides and conserve energy resources. Once established the
plants will require minimal maintenance. A native garden also has the added benefit of attracting butterflies and birds.
|Installing natives that will survive coastal conditions|
Two benches will be installed at the entrance to the garden in front of a gazebo like structure. The shape of their pedestals mirrors the design elements of the cape architecture of the town hall. The benches will sit atop crushed shells to further add to the native
coastal theme. This is phase one of the garden which will continue to be refined. Future plans include plant labels and descriptions of their history and botanical characteristics.
This project owes its thanks to the Ocean Ridge Garden Club that provided the funding and particularly to Julia Walker, chairperson of he Beautification Committee, Zoanne Hennigan, president, Dr. John Wootton and Rita Ginsky. Two generous residents from Ocean Ridge
donated the benches. Finally, Bob Glynn of the Delray Garden Center provided the necessary labor, machinery and much of the plant material at cost allowing this project to become a reality.
Wow! They really did things right! They chose the right plants, for the right reasons; and just wait till those duneflowers start to bloom! In addition, the club is planning to place ID markers on the plants and provide information about them on the inside of the kiosk. Nice work!
Here are a few of the plants that Rita and her committee chose.
Coonties, aka zamia, Zamia integrifolia, a native cycad that should be used more widely. Host for the blue Atala butterflies.
Florida only has nine native palms, and this is one of them. A tough and graceful palm, significant for wildlife and host to the monk for the monk skipper butterfly. Slow growing, lovely in flower.