Team Picture Nature Hills Nursery, King Green Landscaping, and Sienna Francis House Team Picture

Last year, the Sienna Francis House reached out to us to see if we were willing to help them redo their entrance to the women's shelter. The entrance didn't look the greatest and they felt it needed to be redone. They have a lot of ladies living there that liked to garden and were interested in doing more. We thought that this would be a great way to give back to the community, so we reached out to our friends at King Green Landscaping to see if they would be interested in helping. They thought this would be a great project to do with us, and offered to help. We provided the plants and they provided the expertise and manpower to get this project done the right way. When talking to Stephanie at the Sienna Francis House, we decided that an edible landscape would be nice to have for the residents, as they do not typically get much fresh fruit donated. We also determined that planting a butterfly pollinating garden would be good for the environment. King Green came up with a plan on how we could combine both.

It was a very busy day as there were others out putting on a new roof! First, we cleared out the grass that was there.

Removing the Grass

Removing the grass Next, we had to put the plants where they needed to go and applied mulch around them:

Applying the mulch Planting and applying mulch. Then we watered thoroughly:

Watering Watering

 Here are a few images of how it turned out.  In all, we planted five blueberry bushes, five raspberry bushes, five blackberry bushes, three currant bushes, three compact cranberry plants, three sand cherry shrubs, three standing ovation serviceberries, and nine strawberry plants. In addition to those edible plants, we planted seventeen butterfly milkweed plants, twelve salvia, nine goldenrod, nine rudbeckia, and four Joe Pye weed plants. We will provide a follow-up post to this next year when the plants are hopefully starting to produce some fruit!

Pollinator Garden

Pollinator Garden

Raspberries, Blackberries, and Blueberries

Raspberries, Blackberries, and Blueberries

Strawberry Bed Strawberry Bed

Here is a list of  plants we used in case you would like to learn more about them: Duke Blueberry Autumn Bliss Raspberry Black Satin Blackberry Butterfly Weed Plant May Night Salvia Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan Pawnee Buttes Sand Cherry Alpine Currant American Cranberry Standing Ovation Service Berry Little Joe Pye Weed, and Ozark Beauty Strawberry