Here are some photos of the Bird Friendly Landscaping Demonstration Plot. It is growing along East Shore Drivealong the path between Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and the Amusement Park, in Green Bay. Stop by and see how beautiful native landscaping can be, and think about how you can provide for birds and pollinators in your neighborhood.
Trees planted in 2011: Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora), River Birch (Betula nigra), Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra), Adirondack Crabapple (Malus ‘Adirondack’), Red Jewel Crabapple (Malus ‘Red Jewel’), Liberty Elm (Ulmus americana), Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn (Crataegus crus-galli inermis), Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor), Serbian Spruce(Picea omorika). Sign posts mark a specimen or group of each species.
The sign says: The Butterfly Garden is designed to attract as many species of butterflies as possible by growing nectar-producing plants and shrubs. Our garden was created to attract these beautiful insects for your enjoyment, and to provide food and much-needed habitat for them as they migrate through our area.
While Monarchs are the only butterfly that migrates, this habitat will attract other species that live in the area. The plants in this bed include:
Hairy Penstemon - Penstemon hirsutus
Rattlesnake Master - Eryngium yuccifolium
Joe Pye Weed - Eupatorium maculatum
Sweet Black Eye Susan - Rudbeckia subtomentosa
Leadplant - Amorpha canescens
Smooth Blue Aster - Aster laevis
Wild Petunia - Ruellia humilis
Wild Geranium - Geranium maculatum
Meadow Blazingstar - Liatris ligulistylus
Shooting Star - Dodecatheon meadia
Tennesee Coneflower - Echinacea tennesseensis
Awl-tipped Sedge - Carex stipata
White False Indigo - Baptisia lactea
Wild Senna - Cassia hebecarpa
Showy Goldenrod - Solidago speciosa
Tall Larkspur - Delphinium exaltum
The sign says "Rain Gardens keep rainwater where it falls by capturing runoff from impervious surfaces--roofs and driveways--and allowing it to seep slowly into the ground. This recharges groundwater supplies. They protect nearby streams and lakes by reducing the amount of runoff and pollutants. Most feature native plants that provide bird and butterfly habitat and require less maintenance than lawns--and no chemicals!
While our raingarden isn't planted in a swale near runoff, which would give the best demonstration of how they control runoff and how native plants are the best choice for thriving in fluctuating water conditions, we needed to place this garden near the path for public education. The nearby shrubs and the trees surrounding the existing pond also provide an example of habitat for birds