CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Volunteers will gather on Sunday, April 25th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to plant a new meadow filled with native plants in University City.
Officials with University City Partners, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens, and North Carolina Native Plant Society say they will work alongside community volunteers to create the Barton Creek Greenway Native Meadows.
The new community garden will be installed along the one-mile Barton Creek Greenway, and officials say it will serve as a source of inspiration for community members to enjoy and plant their own native flowers, vegetables, and herbs.
Officials say greenway users will have access to the meadow from JW Clay Boulevard and the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.
“University City offers the best of both worlds in that we have a vibrant urban center, but also gorgeous tree canopy and greenways that can be accessed by neighborhoods, University Research Park, the light rail or by parking at one of several entrances,” says Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “The Barton Creek Greenway Native Meadow is a project that we’re excited to support as we pursue development that enhances our connected greenways. The meadow will provide a breath of fresh air for greenway users and expand their experience while visiting the gorgeous botanical gardens at UNC Charlotte.”’
The UNC Botanical Gardens was voted as one of the top destinations to check out in Charlotte back in 2019, and the outdoor gardens are open every day of the week from dawn to dusk, according to a news release.
“The Botanical Gardens and Native Plant Society are committed to protecting the ecosystem through the use of native plants in this project,” says Ed Davis, Horticultural Supervisor and Landscape Architect of UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens. “Native plants are better for the environment and local pollinators, and they are beautiful as well. We hope that visitors will be inspired by the Barton Creek Native Meadows and incorporate native plants in their own home landscapes and gardens. We are appreciative of the opportunity to work with University City Partners on this project.”
The new community garden was made possible thanks to leadership from UNC Botanical Gardens who helped design the project, acquired the plants, and coordinated volunteer efforts.
Officials say University City Partners also helped coordinate the project and fund it, and the North Carolina Native Plant Society – Souther Piedmont Chapter will help in areas of installation.
Click here to volunteer to plant the Native Meadow on Sunday, April 25th.