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Calling all Gardeners in Croton-on-Hudson!

September 28, 2006

Crotonblog: Letters to the Editor, Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520
I am looking for gardeners to help plant a native plant garden at the Croton train station in front of the Hudson River Mural near Croton Point Avenue. I need help spreading compost and soil on Saturday October 7th and Sunday, October 8th from 8am to 12 noon.

Then on October 28th I will need help with a Seed and Plant Donation Day. I will be on hand to collect and plant native seeds and plants, which you are able to harvest from your gardens. This is an excellent opportunity to help make Croton more beautiful and to pass on treasures from your garden to a new baby garden. I have attached a wishlist below.

If you have seeds or plants but are unsure whether they are native to the region please get in touch with me: I can check for you. And keep in mind-this is a full sun garden so dont waste shade or wet loving plants on this project!

Any donation, large or small, seeds or plants, cash or check, will be gratefully received!

The following plants are some of the natives I am looking for. If you have other suggestions please make them with the following parameters in mind: the plants must not be taller than 4 ft and preferably not taller than 2 feet and they need to like full sun and not much moisture or tlc.

My Wishlist:

Ferns: Hairy Lip, Wooly Lip, Hay Scented, Bracken Fern (C. lanosa; C. Tomentosa; Dennstaedtia puncilobula; ptendium aquillinum).

Grasses: Little blue stem, Switchgrass, Purple Tree Awn, Purple Love Grass (Schizachyrium scoparium; panicum virgatum; aristida purpurea; Eragrostis).

Groundcovers: Birds foot Violet, Hookspur Violet, Goldstar, Violet Wood Sorrel (Viola pedata; V. adunca; Chrysogonum Virginianum; Oxalis violacea).

Flowers: Meadow anemone, Canada columbine, Tickseed, Butterfly weed, Alumroot (Heuchera Americana), Black eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta or pulcherrima), Blue False Indigo, Spiderwort (tradescantia ohiensis), Oenothera, Echinacea, Blue native Lupine seeds only- (Lupinus perennis), milkweed, beebalm (monarda), Penstemon (hairy beard tongue), Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea).

Gardeners and generosity have always gone hand in hand-I thank you in advance for any and all help you might be able to offer. Please RSVP to one or both events via email: Demetra AT restuccia DOT com.

— Demetra Tseckares, Gardens by Demetra


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