Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Cedell Brooks, Jr. Park King George, VA
Rappahannock Master Gardeners have been an active participant in the Plant Central Rappahannock Native Plant Campaign. The George Washington Regional Commission, which is the local sponsor for the organization, obtained a grant to establish a native plant demonstration garden at the Cedell Brooks Park in King George. This is a great park with athletic fields and a perimeter walking path around the complex. The County and Parks department is highly supportive of the project and we have had a great deal of local support. The native plant demonstration garden was planted along a portion of the trail.The grant pays for plants and other materials but the labor must be donated. Master gardeners played a key role both in providing labor and instructing others in planting, mulching etc.
The Address for the Park is 11259 Henry Griffin Road, King George 22485. Henry Griffin Road is off Kings Highway about 1 mile from Highway 301.
Volunteers are needed to maintain the area. We meet every Thursday morning, 8:00 to 11:00 am, The physical address of Cedell Brooks park is 11215 Henry Griffin Rd, King George, VA 22485. We ask volunteers to bring gloves and weeding tools. Volunteers: No sign up, just show up. Please contact Alvin Calhoun - email@example.com
Also, If you go out to help, please spend some time enjoying the park and take a few pictures. Send the pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name so I can give credit! Thanks!
Spring has Sprung at Cedell, 2023 photos by Alvin Calhoun
Grand Opening of the Demonstration Garden at Cedell Brooks, Jr. Park 2018 From Landfill to Native Garden!
The Director of King George Parks and Recreation, Chris Clarke's, opening remarks told of the vision for the native garden. The vision was to find native plants to blend with the features of the environment, returning the land to its original beauty and inspiring citizens to solve environmental challenges through nature!
This garden demonstrates solutions to landscape issues we all encounter, areas with excess sun, shade, moisture, grade, or lacking water and slope. It show cases Pollinator Attraction, Meadows, Rain gardens, Hillsides, and Street sides.
The direct impact of the generosity of state and local resources, hundreds of volunteers, and thousands of hours has already been seen in more butterflies and pollinators... They are just the beginning!!!
Speaker- Peggy Stevens, spoke of the importance of native plants. Other species may support limited wildlife such as one type of caterpillar while native versions feed many varieties. They also live more harmoniously with other native plants, while non-native plants may crowd out native varieties and kill established vegetation.
Native plants thrive with Virginia's conditions, soil, weather, and climate. They fill our habitats with diversity of color and texture. They extend to us, environmental benefits of improved quality of air and water and increased effectiveness of pollination and seed dispersal which feeds wildlife and people. This garden is a prime example of the possibilities we can replicate in our own gardens!