On the Edge
“All of the exciting stuff that happens is not in the normal center, but on the edge.”
James Hitchmough, Horticulture Professor, University of Sheffield – New Directions in the American Landscape conference – February 2014
City of Mandeville/ La Dept of Transportation model of prairie – planted and managed by Pastorek Habitats, llc. Established in November 2014 – and not mowed or “weeded” even once. Controlled burn, only once in three years.
Bluestem grass is really going gangbusters right now, in full color and glory. Very pretty.
Doll’s Daisy just beginning to flower among the Bluestems in the garden
late summer and fall blooming Coreopsis linifolia is in its glory now and the bees and butterflies know it
The goal: to build multiple models of magnificence, to let the gardens speak for themselves – they seem to have a lot to say.
Vernon Fuselier’s home grown prairie gardens double as forage crop. Indian grass and Little Bluestem grasses dominate in some areas providing a strikingly beautiful landscape scene.
Odd things happen in a prairie garden. Fuselier’s prairie, Eunice, Louisiana
Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, La.
Indian grass is the punk rocker of prairie plants – always making a scene
US Army is ready for anything
City of Franklinton, Washington Parish, Louisiana – US Army National Guard Readiness Center – native grass gardens and solar panels – a perfect pairing
radiant Indian grass seed heads
grassy bioswale with temporary zinnia cover crop still hanging on and productive after a year – butterfly numbers were amazing – Gulf Fritillary on pink California Giant zinnia flower
City of New Iberia/ La Dept of Transportation – Tallgrass Prairie garden – La 90 at La 83
Ryan Duhon (DOT) and James Foret (ULL) – prairie instigators
Brady’s Garden at the Oswalt Nature Trail on the campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Brady Dunaway, in yellow shirt, and his fellow student volunteers make up the prairie planting crew – November 2015
nice dense stands of Bluestem grass and Spotted Horse Mint with stellar population of Woods Gaillardia piunctuated by Lobelia puberula – that’s living.
St Landry Parish Louisiana, September 8, 2017
restored prairies are fountains of wondrous knowledge waiting to be explored, experienced.