Little Lake Planting Day

June 9, 2012 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Rain date (only if it’s pouring on Saturday; we’ll plant in light rain): Sunday, June 10, 2012, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Free admission to the sculpture garden for volunteer gardeners!

Bring your spade and your green thumb. Join aquatic-biologist-in-residence Christine Kozik as she completes Phase II of the shoreline restoration project for Little Lake. We will be planting great blue lobelia, bottlebrush sedge, fox sedge and Canada anemones along the eastern edge of Little Lake. All plants are native to Wisconsin and raised locally to maintain the ecological integrity of Little Lake.

Plants that grow along the shoreline are adapted to wet or moist soils. Like emergent aquatic plants, shoreline plants encourage wildlife (birds and butterflies), stabilize the shoreline (they have deeper root systems than lawn turf) and help to block terrestrial organic matter. Moreover, geese are less likely to “hang out” by a shoreline where predators lurk.

More about the Little Lake Restoration Project

We are now in the second year of our restoration project. Christine spent last summer working on the shallow pond, coming up with sustainable ways to control the algae blooms without obscuring the original design. At Lynden, we are constantly balancing the aesthetic imperative—our desire to maintain the landscape that Harry and Peg Bradley created—with our commitment to sustainability. Under Christine’s direction, the pond was excavated and filled with new gravel and a recirculation pump was installed, which allows us to run the waterfall regularly). In the first phase of the shoreline restoration, several volunteers pitched in to help by planting native aquatic flora. These plants trap nutrients while shading the lake bottom, reducing the surface area on which bottom-loving algae can grow. They not only provide essential habitat for wildlife (frogs, turtles, some birds), but also stabilize the shoreline and provide a barrier to the organic matter that blows in from the lawn.

More information about the Little Lake restoration project here, here, and here.

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