Pond Garden Berm Renovation
Rob Yost, Landscape Gardener
Out with the old and in with the new!
It is said that a typical land-scape planting has a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years before a renovation project occurs. As new technologies are introduced to many industries in the 21st Century, so too, new plant hybrids are introduced into the horticulture industry. Of the many horticultural display gardens at WCROC, the waterfall pond garden was among the first to be created 25 years ago.
Late October 2017, the horticulture team began Phase I – renovating the waterfall pond garden by removing existing plant material from the berm surrounding the waterfall and pond. Phase II – a clean slate created the opportunity for a new landscape garden design concept to begin with our main objective to introduce new plant material to the WCROC horticulture display gardens that will develop the waterfall pond garden into a focal point of the gardens for people to gather. Phase III – Incorporate boulder outcropping and retaining walls from field stone that complement the existing field stone found in the waterfall feature of the garden. Phase IV – Our initial plant installation will occur in June, 2018 and consist of conifers, ornamental trees and shrubs, and perennials that thrive in full sun. We are grateful to have Bailey Nursery and Bachman’s onboard with this project providing much of the new plant material to the waterfall pond garden. As these plants become established, Phase V – we will then incorporate shade tolerant plants.