On December 14th, the Riverine chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists, the James River Association, and the James River Park System collaborated on a restoration planting. A great group of community volunteers joined in the fun.
“Many hands make light work” goes the old adage and enthusiastic volunteers proved it when they quickly planted 80 native grasses, shrubs, and trees near the river at the Pony Pasture entrance. We finished planting so early that we had time to continue removing the invasive Wintercreeper that previously engulfed this area.
So just how much wintercreeper came out of there? Approximately 2,500 pounds of leaves, vines, and roots (Thank you to JRPS Volunteer Coordinator Matt Mason for carting off all 46 bags and weighing the last big batch).
What species of native plants were planted? All plants selected naturally occur in our region (eastern Piedmont) and are well suited to riparian areas.
TREES Chionanthus virginicus Fringe Tree Magnolia virginiana Sweetbay Magnolia
SHRUBS Callicarpa americana Beautyberry Sambucus canadensis Elderberry Vaccinium corymobosum High Bush Blueberry Viburnum dentatum Southern Arrowwood Clethra alnifolia Sweetpepper Bush Euonymous americanus Strawberry Bush or Hearts a’ Bustin’
GRASSES Chasmanthium latifolium River Oats or Inland Sea Oats Elymus hystix Bottlebrush Grass
What are the sources of the native plants? The trees came from Glen Allen Nursery while all shrubs and grasses got their start at Garden Gate Landscape.
What comes next? Ongoing monitoring and invasive removal and hopefully a second planting of native ground cover plants in focus areas for early spring 2017.
Who’s this? Our Pony Pasture resident hawk (juvenile Red-Shouldered is consensus so far) who has kept a close watch on all the work and was present throughout the planting.