Owen Park Demo Garden

demogardenIn the spring of 2004 Tisbury Waterways created a unique demonstration garden as companion landscaping for Tisbury’s new Harbor master’s Office in Owen Park which borders the harbor. This project provides an easily accessible means to educate the public about TWI’s primary goal:¬† keeping our waterways clean, in this case by using environmentally-friendly plants for seaside gardening.

With cooperation of the Town of Tisbury, a private landscape gardener and donations from island nurseries, plus the energetic labors of the summer staff at the Department of Public Works and TWI board members, the garden took shape with a variety of native plants, many of them drought, salt and wind tolerant species  requiring minimal use of organic fertilizers and watering.

The now-mature blooms serve as inspiration for waterwise gardening in your own backyard. Owen Park is just a short stroll from the center of town, up Main St. on the left. For more information on the native plants listed here visit the Polly Hill Aboreturn, the Garden Club of Martha’s Vineyard and our island nurseries.

What’s in bloom….

Nantucket Shad Bush (amelanchier nantucketensis)
Inkberry (ilex glabra)
Beach Plum (prunus maritima)
Lavender Provence (lavandula provence)
English Lavender (lavandula angustifolia)
Hamelin Grass (pennisetum alopecuroides)
Moudry Grass (pennisetum alopecuroides)
Little Bunny (pennisetum alopecuroides)
Silver Mound (artemesia)
St. John’s Wort (hypericum patulum hidcote
Blue Mist (caryopteris clandonensis)
Russian Sage (perovskia atriplicifolia)
Autumn Joy (sedum spectabile)
Catnip Mint (nepeta mussinnil)
Red Chokeberry (aronia arbutifolia)
Rosa Rugosa (R. rugosa)
Butterfly Weed (asclepias tuberosa)