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Lake Hayward buffer garden, year two

Yarrow in bloom at Lake Hayward, East Haddam, CT

I had fun last year designing and assisting with the installation of a waterside buffer garden at Lake Hayward, East Haddam, CT. Now the garden is maturing and the photos below show what we saw on June 21, 2014: Yarrow and Penstemon (aka Beardstongue) were in full bloom. Both plants have a lot of ecological value. Penstemon is recognized by the Xerces Society as attracting large numbers of native bees. Yarrow is both attractive to native bees and attracts predatory or parasitoid insects that prey upon pest insects. 

See the Lake Hayward garden web site. 



Evolution of Lakeside Buffer Garden

Lake Hayward buffer garden protects Eightmile River watershed.

Waterside buffer gardens offer lots more than summer blooms (though they surely do offer those). They help sequester storm water and road runoff, keeping unwanted nitrogen and road pollutants from public water bodies. Through the joint efforts of several organizations, a new buffer garden was installed at Lake Hayward, East Haddam, CT this year.

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