Partners for Plants is a joint habitat restoration program of the GCA Conservation and Horticulture Committees. Its purpose is to facilitate projects between local GCA clubs and land managers on federal, state, local and other significant public lands. Projects may include the monitoring and protection of rare, endangered and medicinal plants, the propagation and replanting of native plants and the removal of invasive plants. The Spring 2017 GCA publication THE BULLETIN has a great article on the 25th Anniversary of P4P. Please see the GCA website for more information.
For any questions about partnerships or programming, contact your Partners for Plants Vice Chairmen at P4P@gcamerica.org.
Mill Mountain Garden Club has been the beneficiary of a P4P grant. You can read all about our project and view pictures in the member area of the GCA website.
MMGC’s Wildflower Garden has been part of a community project working with the City of Roanoke since 2013. This is an ongoing plan to remove non-native invasives within the 2.5 acre park that sits atop Mill Mountain. It includes physical removal of plant material, lasagna gardening, and mulching of specific areas of the site. The Roanoke Times newspaper (tons!), local schools, and MMGC member volunteers have made this possible. The clearing of the invasives has provided protection for existing native wildflowers as well as new plantings.
Focus Plant(s): Pollinators including Bee Balm (Monarda didyma), Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Milkweed (Asclepiadaceae), are target plants.
Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa), Twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla), Woodland Poppies (Stylorum diphyllum), and Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) are wildflowers found in the garden.
For more information, please contact our Conservation Chairs, Vickie Bibee and Janet Frantz.