Rhododendrons and Hillsides

This week, Chris and I visited Green Hill to layout our planting design in the field. We worked with Horticulturalist Scott Hyndman and Gardener Mona McKindley to stake out in the field where plantings will go. We used fiber glass stakes to mark the placement of shrubs and some specimen trees. The fiberglass stakes are brightly colored and can be seen clearly against the browns of the fallen foliage on the ground. The undulating line of stakes darting between trees is beautiful to see from the top of the hill and I can easily imagine what it will look like when Rhododendrons are planted along that line.

A group of us from the OCLP ventured out to Minute Man National Historical Park to visit Margie Brown and to consult on some design and interpretation improvements being considered at the park. As part of our visit, we saw the Hillside or Wayside House in Concord, which was owned by the parents of Louisa May Alcott and later by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The house was recently rehabilitated by the Historic Architecture and Engineering Center (HACE). A grand reopening was planned for NPS Founder’s Day in August, but a tornado came through Concord early that morning and did extensive damage to the landscape. Margie gave us a tour of some of the damage done to the hillside where the house is sited. Several trees had to be taken down because of weakness due to column decay. Margie is planning to replace the compromised trees with young seedlings so that invasive plants do not take over the hillside. I was a fan of the Little Women books growing up and so it was really a treat to see Alcott’s home and to know that it is being so well taken care of as part of a National Park.

 

Until next week,

Angelina

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