Beech Hollow is much more than just selling plants. It is our mission to propagate and preserve native Georgia plants, but one of the best parts of working at Beech Hollow is education and outreach. This is part one of two blog posts few featuring current projects in the community:
We have been working with Park Ranger Allyson Read and some fantastic volunteers at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) at the Island Ford Visitor’s Center for the past several years.
This past fall, in the front entrance area we did some plant rearranging. Rattlesnake Master/ Eryngium yuccifolium that we planted the year before was so happy there that you couldn’t see the entrance sign anymore!
Luckily it is not a picky plant so we were able to move some to the outer edges of the drive by the entrance where it can continue to be huge and thrive. To highlight the sign rather than cover it, we installed some shorter plants with bright and beautiful blooms including Butterfly Weed/ Asclepias tuberosa, Mariana Golden Aster/Chrysopsis mariana and Dwarf Blazing Star/ Liatris microcephala.
In the flower bed next to the historic Hewlett Lodge Visitor Center we have been tackling the removal of stubborn invasive Himalayan Blackberry/ Rubus armenicus. The volunteers that we worked with have some serious skills in making sure these plants are out of there for good by getting right down to the roots. Removing those pesky invasive really lets the Passion Flower/ Passiflora incarnata and beautiful native grasses stand out. I’m sure it’s not the last of the invasive plants that will be trying to creep in there, but we plan on keeping on them. Don’t get comfortable Himalayan Blackberry, Rubus armenicus, we will be back!
Beech Hollow will of course be back at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area periodically and will keep you updated on the native plant progress being made at the park. Check out their website to find out more about the park and find out how you can become involved in volunteer projects such as our native plant installations at: The Chatahoochee River National Recreation Area