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Brockway Library Native Garden Project

The vision for the Brockway Library Native Garden Project started as a wheelchair-accessible path through a private wildlife garden that never materialized when it turned out that it would have required men and heavy equipment tearing up the garden over the course of 12 days.

The vision for the Brockway Library Native Garden Project started as a wheelchair-accessible path through a private wildlife garden that never materialized when it turned out that it would have required men and heavy equipment tearing up the garden over the course of 12 days.  It appeared the dream died there….

However, on a seemingly unrelated path, a Facebook post about Bound by Beauty’s posters of Wild Native Plants and the Butterflies They Host with Kim Heise’s beautiful art caught the eye of the librarian in Mount Dora, FL and have since become part of the library’s annual Pollinators in the Park contest and exhibit of photographs taken of the flora and fauna in the Nunan Butterfly Garden that surrounds the library.

That park was sparked by an Eagle Scout project. Coincidentally, Bound by Beauty has been working with Cecilia Ise, friend and neighbor and Gold Award Girl Scout on her Pollinator Patch project and having discussions with our local library about creating a Patch there.

And it just so happened that our library grounds had been torn up to install a wheelchair-accessible ramp which reignited the spark of creating access to beautiful nature for people with disabilities, especially those in wheelchairs…

And it all fell into place: this project has gone through an amazing organic synergy as if Mother Nature is helping make it happen. But it is indeed happening. Natalia and Mauricio of NaMa Native Landscaping donated a beautiful design…

After the arduous task of convincing St. Augustine grass to release its grip on the earth…

We began with the southwest corner on a cool sunny Saturday with the help of many friends and neighbors of all ages to dig the holes and plant the plants. It was truly a community effort.

At the end of day it was completely transformed…

We learned about garden design, how to dig the right holes, the importance of using drought-tolerant native plants and mulch to conserve moisture…..

The monoculture sod replaced by 20 species of native plants (and one non-native, the Gaillardia or Blanketflower), including these…

We planted the plants below. The only non-native is Blanketflower/Gaillardia, but we are incorporating it because it plays an important role in the ecosystem by feeding native bees, plus it is beautiful.

American Beautyberry

Callicarpa americana L.

https://www.fnps.org/plant/callicarpa-americana

Bahama Coffee

Psychotria Ligustrifolia

https://www.fnps.org/plant/psychotria-ligustrifolia

Bush Aster

Symphyotrichum dumosum

https://www.fnps.org/plant/symphyotrichum-dumosum

Muhly Grass

Muhlenbergia capillaris

https://www.fnps.org/plant/muhlenbergia-capillaris

Marlberry

Ardisia escallonioides

https://www.fnps.org/plant/ardisia-escallonioides

Florida Silver palm

Cocothrinax argentata

https://www.fnps.org/plant/coccothrinax-argentata

Saw Palmetto

Serenoa repens

https://www.fnps.org/plant/serenoa-repens

Tickseed

Coreopsis floridana

https://www.fnps.org/plant/coreopsis-floridana

White Indigo Berry

Randia aculeata

https://www.fnps.org/plant/randia-aculeata

Havana Skullcap

Scutellaria integrifolia

https://www.fnps.org/plant/scutellaria-integrifolia

Yellow Top

Flaveria linearis

https://www.fnps.org/plant/flaveria-linearis

Yellow Necklace Pod

Sophora tomentosa var. truncata

https://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/sophora-tomentosa-var-truncata

We are gearing up for the next phases of the garden, including creating a wheelchair-accessible path to the little secret courtyard garden in the back of Brockway Library. How lovely that the key to opening the garden for library patrons is by making the courtyard wheelchair accessible, which brings us full circle…

We can’t wait to be able to plant more plants and ensure that every resident of Miami Shores can enjoy beautiful nature.

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