The next step in the butterfly garden will be to install the fence between the garden and road.  We'll be doing this on Saturday, October 31st starting at 8:30 a.m.  Any help would be appreciated.  

Work Days

posted Apr 17, 2012, 7:38 PM by Madison County Gardens   [ updated Sep 8, 2015, 6:32 AM ]

We are adding a Green Power Hour work session on the second Monday of the month, from 5-6 p.m.
    Regularly scheduled work days will be the third Saturday of the month,   9-noon.   We generally have enough tools for everyone, but bring your favorite work gloves, a hat and water bottle! 
    Please circle the dates on your calendar and plan to join in the garden work day fun. If you have questions...

    Contact Ed McNally at 828-333-3883 with questions.


posted Apr 17, 2012, 6:31 PM by Madison County Gardens   [ updated Sep 8, 2015, 6:27 AM ]

Marshall Native Gardens Initiative


Design Plans

posted Oct 15, 2009, 1:21 PM by Madison County Gardens   [ updated Jul 8, 2015, 10:00 AM ]

    Now that the butterfly garden has been planted, we're working on a design for the BIRD GARDEN.  This garden will be located on the back side of the library.  Access the area by going through the interior doors on either side of the large windows, or just sit inside and watch as the landscape changes. 
    Interested in helping?  Give Ed a call at 828-333-3883 to volunteer
Below are some of the native grasses we used in the circle garden....  Check them out!
 Split-Beard Broomsedge    Andropogon ternarius

 Pink Muhly Grass  

 Muhlenbergia capillaris

 White Muhly Grass,  "White Cloud" Muhlenbergia capillaris 'White Cloud'
 Cloud Nine Switchgrass Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine'
 Dallas Blues Switchgrass   Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues'

 Shenandoah Switchgrass

 Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'
 River Oats Chasmanthium latifolium
    You'll notice some of the same plants that were used in the entry gardens will be used in the circle design. Some basic principles of design are repetition and continuity. So you'll find as we design the library grounds that we repeat plants and color to help pull all the gardens together. 
    Have design questions, call Ed 828-333-3883 or Susan 828-656-2729.
    Designs for other gardens are being worked on as well.  Interested in getting involved? 
    We've started on the butterfly garden  and will focus our planting this spring in that area.  The paths have been established and some of the larger plants put into the ground.  There is a lot of interest in the monarch project and we will plant to encourage monarch butterflies to feed and reproduce in our gardens.  Call Bobbi  at 828-689-5100 if you want to help with this project.  
    Michael Tousey is interested in designing and installing the woodland garden, but first needs to spend some serious time removing the invasives in that area.  If you are interested in working on this project with him, give him a call at 828-689-5100.
    Ed McNally and Michael Redfox are working on the outcrop area and the far edge of the the parking area, across from the entry gardens.  Take a look at the work that has been started.  Its looking great!!  Give Ed a call at 828-333-3883 and let him know what you think.
    Below are some of the interesting native plants we used in the entry garden. Check them out and see if they might fit into your landscape as well!
 Pagoda Dogwood  Cornus alternifolia
 Fringe Tree Chionathus virginicus
 Crossvine Bignonia capreolata
 Coral Honeysuckle Vine  Lonicera sempervirens
 American Wisteria Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls'
 River Oats/Sea Oats  Chasmanthium latifolium
 Dwarf Inkberry 'Shamrock' Ilex glabra 'Shamrock'
 Winterberry 'sparkleberry' Ilex verticillata 'Sparkleberry'
 Winterberry 'Jim Dandy'  Ilex verticillata 'Jim Dandy'
 New Jersey Tea  Ceanothus americanus
 Shrubby St. John's Wort 'cinnamon stick' Hypericum prolificum 'Cinnamon Stick'
 Dwarf Common Ninebark 'little devil'  Physocarpus opulifolius 'Little Devil'
 Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa
 Pink Muhly Grass  Muhlenbergia capillaris
 Red Twig Dogwood Cornus sericea 'Kelseyi'
 Creeping Phlox (red, blue, white var.)  Phlox subulata
 Green and Gold  Chrysogonum virginianum
    Comments or questions?  call Ed at 828-333-3883.

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