The Heart of Uwchlan project was one of several pollinator gardens presented at the West Chester Green Team’s special event on Saturday, August 27, “Chester County Grows – Gardens Inspired by Douglas Tallamy.” The gardens are on Dr. Tallamy’s Homegrown National Park map. Heart of Uwchlan project leader Toni Gorkin spoke about the “Sleep . . . Creep . . . Leap” progress of the three gardens in Baird Park over the last three years, also noting the growth of volunteer participation and increasing public interest in pollinator gardens. Uwchlan Board of Supervisors Mayme Baumann and Bill Miller and their spouses, EAC member Jim Warihay and his wife, attended the very delightful gala event at the West Chester Historical Society.
Caption: Supervisors Mayme Baumann and Bill Miller attended the West Chester Green Team event at which Heart of Uwchlan project lead Toni Gorkin spoke. The event highlighted gardens in the area that are on the Homegrown National Park map, sponsored by inspirational author Douglas Tallamy to promote native plant gardens and to support pollinators.
HOMEGROWN NATIONAL PARK is a grassroots initiative to encourage the planting of native plants in gardens across the country to regenerate biodiversity. The public is encouraged to add their native plant gardens to the map, with the idea that cumulatively sustainable gardening efforts would result in a “national park” larger than all our national parks combined—to the improvement of our environment. The movement is inspired by Dr. Douglas Tallamy, author of Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard. The Heart of Uwchlan pollinator gardens are on the map! For more information, see https://homegrownnationalpark.org/
A new educational sign has been put up at the Heart of Uwchlan Wetland Garden to explain about key native plants that flourish in wet areas and attract beneficial insects. The garden grew well its second summer. The plantings include perennials and trees to establish an understory, and the garden is intended as an example for the public about what to plant in wet areas in their own gardens.