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Fayetteville's Park Gardens, which comprise 2.8 acres of land, are located in Wilson, Walker, Gulley, Bryce Davis Parks and the White River Baseball Complex. The Park Horticulture team, consisting of three full-time and one part-time staff, design, plant and maintain Park gardens. These spaces include an extensive variety of native and exotic perennials, shrubs, trees, tropicals, annuals and edibles. Many of these plants are propagated and grown in the greenhouse at Wilson Park. Several sources of mulch are utilized: city mulch, mulched leaves, bald cypress needles, pine bark mulch and cedar mulch.
The gardens are designed to excite the senses while offering peaceful and relaxing spaces for our citizens. The garden "show" evolves with the seasons, providing new and unusual garden dramas throughout the year. Various approaches are taken to create ecologically balanced and sustainable gardens including using local and recycled materials, involving community with volunteers and public presentations, and selecting and placing plants appropriately. No insecticides are used in these gardens.
Wilson Park Gardens
Prior to 1980, Forsythia and Spiraea shrubs were planted by The Fayetteville Garden Club along Prospect Avenue. Over the years trees and shrubs were added to provide shade, color and wildlife habitat. Development of the current gardens began in 1995. Since then, gradual addition and expansion has resulted in nearly two acres of inviting gardens that include seating, walkways, trellises, arbors, fountains, ornamental benches, and sculpture.
Wilson Park Plant List is by no means exhaustive. It represents many of the most asked about varieties found in gardens near the east parking lot. It is current as of April, 2010. Due to ongoing garden renovations and seasonal rotations, many annuals are not listed. Working with Washington County Master Gardeners a labeling program was initiated in Fall of 2010. The labels display each plant's common, genus, species and cultivar names. The gardeners are available much of the time throughout the summer to help with plant identification and answer garden questions.
Monarch Butterfly on Asclepias
Hydrangea at Castle
Other Park Gardens
Walker Park Entry Feature
Located at the corner of south College Avenue and 15th Street, the Walker Park Entry Feature was established in 2002. Intended to have "55 MPH" impact and to recognize south Fayetteville's agricultural history the lower side of the garden is planted with "rows" of grasses and bright contrasting annuals.
Gulley Park Gardens
Planted with trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses, the two parking lot gardens help to reduce the urban heat island effect by shading paved surfaces, provide screening for pedestrians on the walk trail, and add beauty with seasonal color. In the Bioswale parking lot garden rain water is captured in depressed areas, allowing it to infiltrate into the ground water supply, eliminating the need for stormwater drains. These plantings work to reduce the amount of runoff by intercepting rainfall and parking lot runoff.
The garden surrounding the gazebo is planted with native grasses, perennials and decidous and evergreen trees. These plantings provide wildlife habitat, shade and garden color. Wildlife visitors include a mockingbird that nests in a Flowering Crab tree and Gold Finches that come to harvest the coneflower seeds from late summer through winter.