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ArcheWild helps Land Health Institute build a pocket meadow for a Philadelphia City School

ArcheWild helps Land Health Institute build a pocket meadow for a Philadelphia City School

ArcheWild was chosen to supply the plant material for a 3,000 sq. ft. pocket meadow for the John B. Kelly elementary school in Philadelphia. Plant species were specially chosen to perform well in the infertile soils located  in the the front of the school, which included Doellingaria umbellata, Solidago odora, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, Carex appalachica, Schizacyrium scoparium, and many more.

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ArcheWild interns, Will Fernandez and Jodie Spross, helped Land Health Institute complete the planting of over 3000 plugs and trees/shrubs in just 5 hours.  Good job everyone.

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Students were intimately involved with planting as well as a dedicated group of local residents.

The pocket meadow is intended to support a broad set of STEM curriculum priorities that the school’s Principal has established.

Land Health Institute secured grant funding and organized the volunteers for the project.

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    1. Plant choice still depends much on actual site conditions, like pH and moisture availability, but reliable species for infertile soils include:

      Asclepias tuberosa
      Doellingaria umbellata
      Schizacyrium scoparium var. scoparium
      Solidago puberula
      Monarda fistulosa var. brevis
      Coreopsis major
      Danthonia spicata
      Bouteluoa curtipendula
      Antennaria neglecta
      Lysimachia quadrifolia
      Stellaria borealis
      Sporobolus heterolepis
      Rosa carolina
      Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
      Erigeron pulchella
      Solidago bicolor

      Just to name some of the more attractive species.

      Write us to request a specific list for particular site conditions.

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