About the native plants and buffer garden at Lake Hayward

This website shows the history and evolution of the buffer garden at Lake Hayward, East Haddam, CT, planted exclusively with southern New England natives. It was sponsored by the Eightmile River Watershed project, the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District and the Lake Hayward Property Owners Association.

Plant research and selections, and the planting plan, were provided by Kathy Connolly, Speaking of Landscapes, LLC.

Vegetative buffers have several ecological values, including bank stabilization, stormwater filtering and habitat for native insects and birds. See "Hayward Site Location" to get an idea of where Lake Hayward sits in the Eight Mile River and Connecticut River watersheds. See the file attachments below for two articles on native plants.