If you need an addition constructed on your home, a new roof installed or perhaps the ‘back forty’ cleared of underbrush call Gleamer Sullivan at Raw Learning in Staunton and she can hook you up. She will marshal the forces of 35+super enthusiastic students ranging in age from three to 12 (and their moms) and have the work done in no time. At least that is the way they approached planting the native wildflowers and shrubs along the river trail at the White House Farm. In just a little over an hour, the group had planted all the species laid out near the Shenandoah River – over 100 plants – not only finishing the job way sooner than planned but eager for another task (which turned into pulling invasive garlic mustard).
Thanks to a grant from the Pure Water Forum, we are installing additional native species to increase the diversity along the banks of the river. This is the second year we received the support from the Forum and added to the plant numbers and varieties which the Page County High School students installed in 2013. We have sunny areas on the edge of the osage orange and sycamore trees and shade areas closer to the Shenandoah River. Among the sun loving plants, the students installed Joe Pye weed, butterfly weed, Cardinal Flower and phlox. In the dappled shade the trillium and jack in the pulpit will be happy, keeping company with the mayapples, crested dwarf iris, bloodroot and Dutchmans Breeches.
We reserved a portion of the plant shipment for the local girl scout troop which came out and planted further along the river trail. We look forward to seeing these plants fill in and add to the biodiversity in the riparian area. This Saturday, we will get to admire the new plantings as we explore with Carrie Blair, long term member of the Virginia Native Plant Society who is leading a walk and identifying plants, trees, shrubs and flowers. There is still time to register so if you would like to join us just email firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 743-4526.