Interest in reducing lawn size is increasingly popular as a way citizens can support native pollinators, and reduce the causes and effects of climate change.

The Closter Environmental Commission Native Grasses & Groundcovers Display Garden was planted at MacBain Farm in May 2022. The garden provides residents and visitors with examples of plants that can replace portions of their lawns to support native insects and increase soil health.

Nine native species were planted. The plants selected are low-medium height (3”-10” in height), are deer resistant, and some can tolerate foot traffic and mowing. Please see the plants information sheet included below for more details.

Rainfall in 2022 was significantly below average and plants were watered by EC members until established. The plots were left dormant through the winter and weeding began again in April 2023.

We have seen success with six of the plantings. Photos of those plants are included below.

We also learned that deer-resistant does not mean bunny- or groundhog-proof for our violets in Plot 2 and phlox in Plot 6. Special thanks to Jeanne Stella, who prepared identifying signs for the plants and garden.

Stop by MacBain Farm to see the display garden, located directly in front of the trees on the right after you enter the farm gate. Help make Closter a more green and sustainable community for everyone, especially our children!

Thank you to Miriam Lockhart and Cinnie Cole for all of your hard work on the Native Grasses & Groundcovers Display Garden.

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Last modified: May 13, 2023