It was great to get a field tour of some riparian native grass planting ideas from the master, John Anderson at Hedgerow Farms. This afternoon, John was kind enough to give us some recommendations as to what types of grasses and forbs should be planted around the refurbished marsh complexes on Conservancy land. It was inspiring.
The biggest surprise is the vast use of forbs by butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects. We’ve got some beautiful forbs on Conservancy land, but nothing as diverse as John has on his, or that he recommends for us. We’ve clearly got our work cut out for us.