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Natives in Bloom: April-May

We're looking out for native flowers all year long. Dozens of native species are in bloom now and many may be good additions to your yard to support pollinators. Click through the slideshow to view.

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Trout Lily

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Compromise on plantings reached for new Pentucket school

- Jennifer Solis Correspondent for Newburyport Daily News 3/14/22

“The elusive win-win” was how principal Brad Dore of Dore + Whittier Architects described a compromise reached over landscaping choices for the Pentucket Regional School District’s new $146.3 million building project. Dore and Bill Brown, the project’s landscape architect, were able to find common ground with the local advocacy group West Newbury Wild and Native, or WN2, which has been pushing since November to have more native trees and shrubs used in landscaping for the new Grade 7-12 regional school.

Initially, Dore and Brown were doubtful the request could be accommodated this late in the project. In a letter dated Nov. 29, Dore stressed that adjustments to the current design could result in cost increases and impacts to the overall schedule. He recommended every effort be made to avoid unnecessary changes at this point. But WN2 persisted, motivated by concern over the loss of biodiversity and natural landscapes and a commitment to promoting sustainable views and vistas locally. Read more.

Environment group WN2 to install gardens throughout town

-Jennifer Solis Correspondent​ 3/5/22 updated 3/7/22​

The environmentally focused group West Newbury Wild and Native — or WN2 — plans to continue its education campaign by planting demonstration gardens around the community. WN2 member Linda Schaeffer received approval from the Select Board on Feb. 28 to kick off the effort by filling an area near the entrance to the Pipestave Hill Recreation Area with a patch of plantings.

 

Also known as learning landscapes or teaching gardens, demonstration gardens can be designed to showcase native plants, trees and wildflowers and to encourage bees, birds and other pollinators to remain. Other possibilities might be a garden that highlights sustainable growing methods and techniques, or one whose focus is on a particular species for study or inspiration for home gardeners, landscapers, artists and others. A butterfly field is another possibility, Schaeffer said. Read more.

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West Newbury Wild and Native is dedicated to sharing information and resources for residents of West Newbury to integrate native plants into their gardening, support pollinators and work to eradicate invasive plants in our yards and Town-owned lands.

To learn more and discover how you can garden native, check out our resources section under Campaigns - Native.

 

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