One of our early plant installations in the Atlanta Metro Area.

Before, 2007


This area of Hurt Park is a 60 degree slope, does not hold grass, and could not be used for events due to the slope.

After, 2009

The site for the Hurt Park Native Plant Garden showcased a model for returning the native forbes, or plant species, to Atlanta area parks.  The selected area is sloped and has been difficult to maintain with common, non-native plants and grasses, but provided an ideal site for a woodland border plant community.  Although the plants need an initial watering in period, once these plants are established they will be drought tolerant, and need very little care.


We cannot reconstruct the entire ecosystem that once existed in the Atlanta Metro area.   However, with research and perseverance we can restore part of Atlanta’s environmental heritage. Native plant succession meadows, woodland plant communities, as well as additional restoration projects are proposed for six or seven key sites located around the Atlanta Metro area.


Site Challenges

The soils for this site were compacted, with much of the organic material and nutrients depleted.  A one inch layer of compost was applied to the area, with jute erosion control cloth laid on top to keep the compost in place until the plants grew large enough to hold it down.


Garden Plan

A garden plan for this site was developed taking into consideration the well draining aspect of the slope, the soil conditions, the amount of sunlight, and human foot traffic.  Selecting the hardiest flowering plants native to the Georgia Piedmont was a no brainer for this site.  Except for weeding 3 times a year, the plants required little other maintenance once established.

Lee F.

"Offering native plants, pollinator support, and now an education program, Beech Hollow Farm is one of Georgia's hidden gems."