Beech Hollow Farms works with communities and organizations to restore native habitat in both public and private greenspaces. Our team regularly leads volunteers in the installation of pollinator gardens, provides consultation for native plant installations and offers educational opportunities about pollinator support, native Georgia plants and habitat restoration.
Check out some of our past community projects here:
Location: 100 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Project Description: Permanent Installation for Georgia State Universities re\constructingingatlanta: a contemporary continuum gallery exhibit. Installation provided erosion control to the site by rerouting foot traffic and reducing water input with the use of site appropriate drought tolerant plants. Size: 1,000 sq. ft
Client/Partners: City of Atlanta Parks Department and College of Arts and Sciences, Georgia State University
Location: Corner of North Ave NE & Candler Park Dr, Atlanta, GA 30307
Project Description: Erosion correction including: soil aeration, soil nutrient and mycorrhizae additions, slope correction, rye grass over seeding as placeholder until establishment of new perennials, installed jute erosion control cloth, native plant installation. Provided first year of maintenance: one year of watering for plant establishment, two years of seasonal weeding.
Size: 2,800 sq. ft
Client/Partners: Freedom Park Conservancy, EcoAddendum, Candler Park Neighborhood Organization and Park Pride
Location: Atlanta Metro Parks
Project Description: Native plant consultation, plant provider and installations for public park beautification, pollinator habitat restoration and erosion control. Date: 2011- present
Client/Partners: Park Pride
Out and About at the Freedom Park Bird and Butterfly Garden
In 2005, Carol Vanderschaaf started the Freedom Park Bird and Butterfly Garden with Phil Edwards and the Dekalb Master Gardener Association along with Catherine Kuchar of the Audubon Society. Together, they planted over 40 different species of native plants and shrubs.
Over the past twelve years, the Freedom Pack Bird and Butterfly Garden has had a long history of collaboration, mentorship, and environmental enrichment and education. During that time, the garden has not only added plants, but also been the site of outdoor environmental classes on pollinator syndromes and environmental stewardship for students at Mary Lin School. Hundreds of hours of volunteer time have been put in over the years, as well as a few thousand dollars of grant money that has been awarded for native plants.
How to get involved
Interested in working together with Beech Hollow Farms to create or restore a public greenspace? Volunteer days are focused on furthering the health of public green spaces in the Atlanta and surrounding areas. Together we will work in public and community gardens, public parks and other public green spaces to establish pollinator gardens, install native plants, remove harmful invasive species, beautify with native wildflowers and shrubs and restore the health of our neighborhood habitats.
About Volunteer Days:
Each posted volunteer day will run from 9 am to 12 noon, and will start with a bit of learning about native plants and their natural communities. We will learn what plants provide larval host support for butterflies, which plants have nectar and pollen for native bees, and which plants provide important forage and shelter for migratory birds. We will also touch on the history of the native plant garden with its human community! After that info warm up, we will weed, mulch and plant as the volunteer day allows.