Growing a Piedmont Prairie
At the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, they're growing a Piedmont prairie, and Hoffman Nursery helped.Read Post
We’re planting our own Piedmont prairie! This summer, we posted about Sarah P. Duke Gardens planting a Piedmont Prairie. Staff from the gardens collected seed from local sites, and our nursery grew out the grasses for them. Fortunately, there were more than enough plants for their project, so they graciously shared the extras with us.
We planted a number of Andropogon species, along with Panicum anceps, Eragrostis spectabilis, Tridens flavus, Erianthus giganteus, Sorghastrum nutans, and Schizachyrium scoparium. The forbs included species of Eupatorium, Helianthus, Symphiotrichum, Solidago, and Liatris, along with Coreoposis major, Parthenium integrifolium, Vernonia novaboracensis, and Rudbeckia fulgida v. fulgida.
Our site is in full sun and has slight changes in topography, which creates wet and dry areas. We’ll keep an eye on changes over time and look forward to seeing the pollinators and wildlife the prairie supports.
In the meantime, we share a few images of the site as our crew began the prairie.