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Kiptopeke State Park Native Garden

The Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Kiptopeke State Park is the project garden for the Master Gardener Class of 2011.  Work continues on the project and we couldn’t have done it without all the support from our instructor, class members, spouses, and veteran master gardeners.  Thank you!

As work commenced we found the ground was impossible to penetrate without first wetting the soil.  Without running water, we carried buckets from the nearby pond.

 

Before:  The 40’ X 70” garden site was part of a tract donated to the KSP to restore the flyway for migratory birds.
 
Julie, Linda, Chris, Marita, and Tina work to support the edging along the rock dust path.  The installation of the edging around the perimeter and along the path was one of our most challenging events, all done with hand tools.

 

Debbie Timberlake’s husband, Rick (not pictured) was relentless with his efforts. Linda Nordstrom’s husband Carl works on the Pergola.  Carl designed it, made a ‘pergola kit’ and brought all the cut lumber to the Park for assembly.  In the background Jack Humphrey tamps the rock dust path. 
 
Taking a break and admiring our work are Linda, Phil, Tina, Brenda, and Marita. 
Remaining items before completion on September 1st include fencing, a bench under the Pergola, a few additional plantings, more mulch and rock dust too. 

June 2012

The garden is beginning the third year and definitely improving with age. We continue to have issues with either too much or too little water and the deer….except the Golden Rod, Solidago Sempervirens, it flourishes under all conditions.   Below are the pictures recently taken.

The plants include the following:

Amelanchier arborea -

Serviceberry

Ascelepias tuberosa

Butterflyweed

Bignonia capreolata

crossvine

Callicarpa americana

American beautyberry

Conoclinium coelestinum (Eupatorium coelistinum)

Mist flower

Coreopsis lanceolata

Lanceleaf Coreopsis

Eupatorium dubium

Costal Plain Joe Pye Weed

Gelsemcum sempervirens

Carolina jasmine

Hibiscus moscheutos

Eastern rosemallow

Ilex opaca

American Holly

Juniperus virginiana

Eastern red cedar

Liriodendron tulipifera

Tulip Tree

Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal flower

Lonicera sempervirens

Coral or Trumpet honeysuckle

Magnolia virginiiana

Sweetbay magnolia

Monarda fistulosa

Beebalm

Morella (Myrica) cerifera

Southern Wax Myrtle

Rudbeckia hirta

Black-eyed Susan

Schizachyrium scoparium

Little Bluestem

Sisyrinchium angustifolium

Blue-eyed grass

Solidago sempervirens

Seaside goldenrod

Symphyotrichum (Aster) novi-belgii,

New York aster

Wisteria frutescens

Atlantic wisteria

The sign marking the entrance to the garden path acknowledges the Eastern Shore Chapter of the Virginia Master Gardeners in the bottom right corner Lonicera sempervirens, Coral or Trumpet honeysuckle, is beginning to climb the corner fencing.
Rudbeckia hirta, Black Eyed Susan, borders the garden path Eupatorium dubium, Coastal Plain Joe-Pye Weed with Hibiscus moscheutos, Eastern rosemallow and Black Eyed Susan in the background
Amelanchier arborea, Serviceberry

Hypertufa bird/butterfly baths imprinted with leaf design from Colocasia esculenta, Elephant Ear.

 

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