FALL IS A GREAT TIME TO PLANT
This summer, the Friends voted to expand the parking lot area, planting more ornamental grasses and perennial flowers along the front parking lot bed and taller, drought tolerant shrubs in the back of the parking lot area.
Our plant list is pretty long and is still growing as the group makes suggestions and collects feedback from the community.
The first garden that the Friends adopted was Edna Crawford's Sunken Garden. If you are standing in front of the Mansion you can see it about 100 feet to the left. As you walk under the rose covered arbor you are in the middle of a circular garden with two oval planting beds. The first oval bed, in the center of the garden, originally was a koi pond. This fall, thanks to a generous donation, we are adding a bird bath water fountain, that will give us a center focal point and touch of gentle elegance to the garden.
Inspired by this photo that was unearthed from our records, we are wanting to reintroduce some of the turn of the century charm by including plants like peonies, phlox, bearded irises and delphinium.
Also, in front of the mansion we would like to add more color and dimensions with blue hydrangeas and red roses and some smaller perennials with interesting foliage.
And the Town of Rye and the Friends are going to be planting more trees along the perimeter of the park near the new parking lot and where we got rid of a lot of invasive vines. The want to build a natural screening border to give the neighbors more privacy and park more seclusion.