Open Space Preservation Commission announces native plant garden in Southborough


The OSPC begins to build a team of volunteers to help with planting and ongoing maintenance.

The Southborough Open Space Preservation Commission has announced the installation of a new native plant garden at the Southborough Library.

As well as being a native plant garden on the library grounds, the goal is to have it serve as a public exhibition garden, showcasing what people can do in their own backyards. It is possible to have beautiful landscaping while helping to preserve native pollination systems and helping pollinators and plants to die out.

The design of the garden is developed from Robert Gegear’s list of plants for pollinators at risk. Gegear is professor of biology at UMass Dartmouth. He developed the plant list after five years of research, which is ongoing. Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough is his first research site. Preparation of the garden site began with assistance from the City of Southborough Public Works Department. Recent heavy and persistent rains have delayed planting until the soil can dry out.

The OSPC begins to build a team of volunteers to help with planting and ongoing maintenance. The OSPC is looking for adult volunteers over the age of 18 to help with different stages of the planting process. Once the garden is installed, it can serve as an outdoor classroom with opportunities for many science and nature-based activities.

The goal is to start planting in the first week of August. Residents interested in helping can email and be placed on the contact list to be notified of upcoming planting days and other future opportunities. Contact the OSPC at [email protected]


Leon E. Hill

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