From Keith Bruno
The Weminuche Audubon Society, Audubon Rockies and Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) would like to welcome the public to an opening ceremony on Wednesday June 23rd at 11 a.m. to mark the opening of the Terry Hershey Memorial Garden.
Located at the west end of GGP’s downtown property along the San Juan Riverwalk, the garden was named in honor of Hershey for being a steadfast supporter of both local conservation efforts and the promotion of environmental education opportunities at the Four Mile Ranch of her and Jake Hershey was.
This collaborative project aims to raise awareness of the crucial role native plants play in supporting local food webs. Birds, other pollinators, and wildlife in general rely on the plants with which they co-evolved in the landscape. This show garden is intended to give the backyard gardener suggestions for choosing plants. To revitalize our neighborhoods and communities with ecological connectivity, planting native plants is one of the most powerful measures one can take. In addition, the garden will serve as an interpretive place for people to learn about many of the local and regional indigenous plants that can be seen on hiking trails in Pagosa Land.
The garden is a certified gold standard through Audubon’s Habitat Hero program. To learn more about this program and how to wildscape and certify your yard, visit rockies.audubon.org/habitat-hero.
Celebrate Native Plant Week with us during the last week of June by visiting local tree nurseries and inquiring about sourcing native plants for your garden.