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Robert Custis Memorial Park

Starting with a blah little corner across from the Onancock Post Office, The Eastern Shore Master Gardeners turned this corner into a beautiful garden and place for rest and contemplation.

Led by Anne Nock, the Eastern Shore Master Gardeners created this garden in 2007, in memory of Robert Custis, a long time Onancock employee. 

From these pictures, you can see, now, how much it has helped to plant the white crepe to round out the border on the Ames St. end, to install another bench, and to get rid of the scrubby background stuff, plant a variety of interesting things-- and back the whole thing with a white fence. 

Here's the park dedication day. Residents, businesses and friends outside of town contributed to the bench.  The bench is slightly curved which makes conversation much easier when two people are seated, and it also helped "turn the corner" of the little park space more gracefully than a straight line would have been in that corner position.

The plants were chosen for beauty and to take advantage of our long growing season. Note the full bloom of roses and camellias when this picture was taken on November 2, 2007.  

Visit this garden and get a brochure with the full listing of the plants for ideas about the variety of plants that can be used in a small area. 


Custis Garden Plants 

The Robert Custis Memorial Park includes a large variety of daffodils and tulips in spring followed by hostas and coral bells in summer. Below are listed the other plants in the garden.

‘Natchez’ Crape Myrtle Deciduous southern native, white blooms from summer to fall.
‘Sango Kaku’ Japanese Coral Bark Maple Deciduous, slow-growing;, coral bark bright in winter.
‘Sasanqua’ Camellia Evergreen with white or pink blossoms in fall and early winter.
‘Knockout Rosa’ Rose Deciduous, with burgundy blooms mid-summer to fall; disease resistant.
‘Gold Flame’ Japanese Meadowsweet Deciduous, drought tolerant, bright pink blossoms.
‘Crimson Pygmy’ Japanese Barberry Evergreen, drought-tolerant, very sharp thorns.
‘Many Happy Returns’ Daylily Deciduous, trouble-free; lemon yellow blooms in summer.


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