Mercury IMERC Solid
Waste Site
ERP About
About Links Publications Workgroups
site map    member login
Pollution Prevention & Sustainability P2Rx Info Resources Activities Details

Send us your feedback!
Activities Database Home Browse or Search Project Detail  

Native Plant Garden

Organization(s) Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description As part of the CT DEP's efforts to lead by example, the headquarters of the CT DEP now showcases native, non-invasive plantings in the garden beds on either side of the front entrance at 79 Elm Street in Hartford. It is a small but important example of how to help preserve part of the state's natural heritage. A plant species is considered native if it was present in a state or region before the arrival of European settlers. Most of the plants selected for the CT DEP gardens are native to New England and all are native to some part of the eastern United States.

The opportunity to plant the garden arose when building management removed English ivy, leaving only mulch in front of the building. The Pollution Prevention Work Group initiated the idea of planting a native garden. The group wanted the CT DEP's landscape to be an example of a native planting in an urban setting, as well as being easy to maintain and interesting to the passer-by. There were a number of restrictions that had to be taken into account when choosing the plants, including shallow soil depth, a predominately shaded location, strong winter winds, no permanent irrigation system, and a limited budget. The plants that were selected share some common growing characteristics, satisfy the existing restrictions, and look attractive with each other in a somewhat naturalistic way.

To improve the site before planting, the group mixed compost into the existing soil with the help of the Knox Parks Green Crew. Compost adds organic matter, improving soil texture and providing essential nutrients to the plants. The group ordered the plants from a local nursery that carries many native species. When the plants arrived, a team of CT DEP volunteers were ready to plant, water, and add mulch to the garden. The mulch, which was 50 percent recycled brush and 50 percent pine bark, will minimize the need for weeding and help keep moisture in the soil.

More Info www.dep.state.ct.us/whatshap/nativegarden.htm
Project Contact
Name Judy Prill
Phone 860-424-3694
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 14 No. 1, Spring 2004


Log In to enable links
Edit This Activity Add New Activity Delete This Activity





NEWMOA is a member of the P2Rx™, a national network of regional information centers: NEWMOA (Northeast), ESRC (Southeast), GLRPPR (Great Lakes), Zero Waste Network (Southwest), P2RIC (Plains), Peaks to Prairies (Mountain), WSPPN (Pacific Southwest), and PPRC (Northwest).

The Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™) - A National Network of Regional  Information Centers



Last Modified 09/08/2009

Home  |  Pollution Prevention  |  Mercury  |  IMERC  |  Solid Waste
Hazardous Waste  |  Waste Site Cleanup  |  About NEWMOA  |  NEWMOA Members

Copyright 2018 NEWMOA, Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association
89 South Street, Suite 600; Boston, MA 02111-2651;
ph (617) 367-8558
fax (617) 367-0449
TDD/TTY (857) 265-3934
All Rights Reserved
Comments contact: .