American Public Garden Association Conference 2017
Hamilton & Niagara, Ontario
June 19-23, 2017
Rediscovering a Lost Landscape: The Construction of a Piedmont Prairie
Event Type: 
Session
Track: 
Collecting and Conserving
Date / Time: 
Thu June, 22 - 10:00am to 10:30am
Location: 
Webster A
Presenter: 
S. Bloodworth, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, North Carolina

The vanishing landscape of the southeastern piedmont prairie is largely unknown to those living amongst the scattered remnants of this diverse but imperiled habitat. In 2014, staff at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens set out to design and construct a one-acre rendition of a piedmont prairie, an ecosystem dominated by grasses and herbaceous wildflowers. Learn about the design and construction process and as well as resulting plant and wildlife conservation and biodiversity. Presenters will discuss producing more than 16,000 plants representing almost one hundred prairie species from seed acquired from local plant ecotypes. Finally, presenters will provide a look at how natural changes are being monitored in collaboration with Duke University as well as the educational outreach opportunities that exist with visitors, such as Duke Garden’s ‘prairie classroom’.