Randy Burroughs was commissioned by The Garden Club of Weaverville to create a unique spot to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. The result are the two, large wood benches and table near the sculpture in the Main Street Nature Park in downtown Weaverville that serve as a focal point in the park.
Join us for Randy’s presentation
Tuesday, March 14th at 9:30 a.m.
Weaverville Town Hall Community Room
A Tale of Two Meadows
The first is the “Meadow Garden”. It tells the story of the evolution of the herbaceous border which you can build yourself. By using a selective palette including native grasses, garden interest is extended on through the winter with warm colors, play of light and birds, bugs and butterflies. He’ll review local case studies, such as a 100 square foot courtyard garden, and discuss planning, planting and plant sources. Handouts will provide instructions.
The second kind of meadow is the “Old-field Meadow”. It is a nature-based plant community augmented with local wildflowers and grasses and a few native cultivars, which Randy intends to develop in the Main Street Nature Park. The goal is to engage wildlife in the urban landscape for the benefit of people and their natural neighbors and reduce the need to mow. This will also be a demonstration garden to teach, inspire and even provide seeds for local gardeners. The end goal is to replace 50% of the mowing with “intelligent management”. The benefits are many and include enhanced wildlife habitat, less noise and pollution and a healthier, more sustainable method of landscaping. Atlanta uses a similar system along their greenways.
About Randy Burroughs:
Randy Gordon Burroughs is a landscape architect, horticulturist and nature lover. From 1996-2000 he served as Garden Manager – Botanical Gardens at UNC-Asheville.
From 2000- Present he has been in private practice, Cullowhee Native Plant Conference presenter & field trip leader, National Forest volunteer invasive exotic plant eradicator.
About Kaita Collier:
Kaita Collier has worked with plants and nature for the last 20 years as a gardener, horticulturalist, landscaper, forester and naturalist. She serves as the chair of the Weaverville Conservation Board as well as the volunteer coordinator for the Main Street Nature Park.