Filling In the Gaps

Volunteers plant more prostrate conifers to take advantage of upcoming rain. 

All the plants in the parking area survived the winter, but there was still a lot of open space. So two dozen conifers (Blue Rug, Bar Harbor, Blue Pacific, and Nana) were added to more quickly cover the ground, which is expected to take 3-5 years.

Meanwhile, a barricade reminds visitors not to walk through the planted area until it is well established. A foot path has been provided at the northern end.

A thick layer of large wood chips has done a great job of retaining soil moisture where no water standpipe is available. Let’s keep this area clean and attractive! 

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Wildlife-Friendly Plants Harmonize the Playground

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Matt Dickinson (above, center), Landscape Designer and FoSG member, selected and laid out new plants to harmonize beautifully with Salter Grove’s semi-natural vegetation. He is flanked by planters Isidro Ramirez Ramirez (L) and Kristopher Mancini (R) and a bodacious specimen of Weeping Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Pendulum’).

Atlantic Lawn & Garden loaned their truck to transport the plants from Sylvan Nursery, which generously supplied them at wholesale prices.

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The protective berm was planted with three Juniperus species (Blueberry Delight, Blue Pacific, and Blue Rug). These procumbent conifers will spread out to form bands of different hues and textures. The Parkway side got Winterberry (Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’ + ‘Southern Gentleman’), whose bright red berries persist throughout—you guessed it—winter. Some of the soil for the berm was kindly donated by Pawtuxet Memorial Park.

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