board approached me, because of the front
yard, to help with this circle in the center
of the community (770sq ft) It’s
down the street from the new village hall.
I know it’s weird that it’s
surrounded by street. I think they expected
me to augment the circle, you know add
a few forbs. But I redesigned the whole
thing, aside from the trees, which we couldn’t
afford to remove.
volunteering in the forest preserves,
Restoration Project) the
job didn’t seem too daunting,
as you can imagine. I organized neighbor
volunteers, which was tough.... We transplanted
the ornamental fountain grass & herbicided
the 5 ft high non native rizomatous grass.
It took many weekends.
Art was kind enough
to bid for the job & made
many great suggestions, but the main
reason I was able to get the board
to approve everything, was thorough
plans, and proposing all the cost go
into plants & materials,
with free volunteer labor. ... There
are over 55 species in the circle including
10 species of grass/sedge/rush. I’m
hoping to get some new jersey tea and
perhaps vines from Art this year.
monoculture of non-grass just
beginning to take off
up of sidewalk with maturing native
weed and rudbeckia