BLOOM: June through October
PEAK BLOOM: Early to mid-September
CURATOR: Charlotte Albers, FHF Board Member, Garden Design Consultant

The Perennial Garden was redesigned by UVM student Hannah Brill in 2015 and renamed the Pollinator Garden due to its new thematic focus on showcasing native plants that attract beneficial insects, notably bees. Much reduced in size, the new garden is intended to be an outdoor classroom for multi-age learning.

Mixed borders that include deciduous shrubs and ornamental grasses indigenous to the central and eastern U.S. such as serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis), chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa 'Viking'), and little bluestem.

An arbor built by Brian Gluck of Rustic Cedar separates the long bed and provides a framework for climbing honeysuckle vine. We have selected a red flowering cultivar called 'Major Wheeler' for the structure.

In an effort to provide for extended bloom late into the season, a variety of plants were chosen, and we have many forms of coneflower, Black-Eyed Susans, and asters which will all attract insects.

This garden is a registered member of the Pollinator Partnership, find us on the national map of official pollinator habitat gardens!

Below is a list of partial list of plants that were installed this year, many supplied by Full Circle Gardens, a nursery in Essex which offers a wide selection of native plants and cultivars.

Amsonia tabernaemontana (bluestar)
Asclepias tuberosum (butterfly weed)
Penstemon digitalis (hairy beardtongue)
Thermopsis caroliniana (Carolina lupine)
Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' (honeysuckle)
Helenium autumnale 'Mardi Gras' (sneezeweed)
Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida (Black Eyed Susan)
Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Henry Eilers' (sweet coneflower)
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (New England aster)
Echinacea paradoxa (yellow coneflower)
Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' (switchgrass)
Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem)

The Friends are grateful to our supporters Sarah Salatino for her donation of plants, time and expertise, and curator Charlotte Albers, who recruited Hannah Brill, then a UVM undergraduate. Together, their careful planning and hard work have provided us with another wonderful educational resource at the farm.

Charlotte is a landscape designer, you can learn more about her work by visiting Paintbox Garden Design.