US Fish & Wildlife Native Plant Garden

Created for the US Fish & Wildlife North Attleboro National Fish Hatchery in Massachusetts, this garden was designed to showcase native plants and create a more attractive visitor area.  It was a comprehensive project that also included a rain garden to manage stormwater runoff and a dry creek that adds structure to the garden even during the winter .  Close to 50 different species of natives were planted including trees, shrubs and perennials.  The various microclimates at the site were taken into account and allowed for planting of a wet meadow, a dry meadow and woodland area.

Before:
After Planting:

Orange safety buoys that were found on-site and were once used in the outdoor ponds were recycled to become a sculpture garden that is a centerpiece of the garden.  Viewed by all who pass it on the was to the trails, the buoys are surrounded by dry meadow plants that mature in late summer.  A grass path leads you through the main garden to the woodland garden where a picnic area was sited under the mature pine.

Three Months Later:

Outreach was an important factor that allowed us to include  the neighborhood throughout the entire development and installation process.  A website was created for the Hatchery and social media was used as part of the communication campaign.  Signage was installed to orient visitors to the site and explain the layout of the garden.