The Library Meadow Committee members could not be happier with the way this has turned out so far and the Great Falls Garden Club is very proud of its role in making it happen. We can envision class trips of young students walking over from the Great Falls Elementary School to learn about pollinators and the roll of meadows in helping to protect water quality. We can envision people driving by and admiring it and being inspired to turn part of their lawn into a native plant meadow. We can envision the many birds, bees, bats and butterflies that will find their way here and thrive as a result. In fact, butterflies have already been checking it out, evidently as anxious as we are to see flowers waving in the breeze.
The wildflowers that were selected were chosen not only for their appearance but also because they support the largest numbers of butterflies and moths, which will in turn attract birds and pollinators. Only once each year, probably in late February, the meadow will be mowed. By leaving the grasses and flowers standing until then, they will provide seeds and shelter to wildlife during the winter months. It may look a little scruffy mid-winter, but the brown grasses will be dramatic, poking out from the snow, and the birds will appreciate all the flower seed heads left standing for them to eat when there is little else available. Since all the flowers are native, we trust the birds will find them delightful.
“This is such a fabulous addition to our town,” said Heather Sandiford, Garden Club President. “Not often do we get to beautify our ‘Main Street’ and do something positive for the environment at the same time. The fact that it involved so many organizations from the community makes it even more rewarding.”
This meadow is a very cool thing, on a lot of levels – environmentally, aesthetically, and community-wise. We hope you share our enthusiasm appreciate what the Garden Club has accomplished with the help of so many other community organizations. It’s the kind of project that brings smiles to the faces of all who visit or drive by, and that makes us proud to live in Great Falls.
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