Conservation & Education Garden

Just before the first frost of 2011, we were able to plant our conservation/education garden, which includes four different gardens: a wildlife, a medicinal, a heritage, and a poison garden.  The garden is a public space, designed for the benefit of the wider community.

Gardening is one way that people can actively increase the biodiversity of the land in which we live.  Conservation gardening helps  safeguard rare plants, provides habitat and food for animals and promotes a healthy human relationship with the natural world. Our garden is designed to support and encourage people to create conservation gardens in their own backyards.  It is also used in our education programs to teach about the habitats and plants in our community. Built in an area that was dominated by invasive species such as Privet and Japanese stilt grass, the conservation garden gives us a space to help promote a greater level of diversity in the wider landscape.

Our garden is separated into beds featuring individual themes:

Wildlife conservation Garden –highlighting native plants that provide food, shelter and habitat for wildlife including birds, insects, and mammals

Medicinal Plants Garden –Featuring plants that support human health

Poisonous plants garden–This garden will be used to help educate people interested in edible wild plants to prevent accidental misidentification. Our goal is to promote a greater community awareness of the poisonous plants that grow around us.

Heritage Plants Garden–This garden is a celebration of the plants that were treasured by our ancestors.  Many of these are plants that are now overlooked but once held a vital role for people and animals of the Piedmont.  These plants include:  giant rivercane, pawpaw, ramps and serviceberry.

Many thanks to Matt Gocke and NC Botanical Gardens for all of our plant donations!