It’s not often that you get a chance to plant something that will last forever. But volunteers will get that opportunity when they come to help plant the new Town of Verona Prairie on Saturday, November 4, 2017.
The 4-5 acre prairie will surround the new Town office at 7669 County Highway PD, and will be “hand planted” by volunteers distributing seeds over one of 3 different kinds of prairie. There will be two “shifts” available – 10am to noon, and 1 to 3 pm, with an hour break for lunch to be served in the new community space. Volunteers can come for one or both sessions.
“All ages are welcome!” said Doug Maxwell, a Town Board member and one of the planners of the new prairie. “Prairie planting is a great activity for families and “kids” of all ages, because it is easy to do and represents a tremendous investment in the future. Volunteers will be able to come back year after year and watch the prairie develop, and take pride in their participation.”
Retired UW Professor of Landscape Architecture Darrel Morrison, who has designed landscaping and prairies all over the US, designed the prairie planting. Over 100 different species of native plants will be included in three distinct groupings of seeds – a “dry” prairie, a “short grass” prairie, and a “tall grass” prairie. Town Chair Mark Geller conceived of the idea as a way to help Town residents appreciate our native plants, and to encourage them to possibly plant them on their land.
Almost $5000 worth of seeds will be used in the planting, with the vast majority of it donated or collected by Town residents. Naturalist Ron Endres provided a large amount of seeds, as did Dane County Parks, and many Town volunteers collected seeds on their own land, and at Epic’s prairies nearby. Several Bur Oak trees have been planted as well.
“This is a big planting and we’re looking for a lot of help – 50 people would be great!” said David Lonsdorf, one of the organizers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Tammy Dresser, Deputy Town Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Town office at 845-7187.
Submitted By: David Lonsdorf
The Badger Prairie Needs Network Food Pantry is completely out of brown paper/plastic grocery bags.
If anyone can drop some off – Oct 30th thru Nov 3rd – this week to 1200 E. Verona Ave…… it would be just great!
Food Pantry Fall/Winter Hours
Monday: 10AM-Noon & 3-6:30PM
Thursday: 10AM-Noon & 3-6:30pm
Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays
If you would prefer to drop them off to the Town office at 7669 County Highway PD – please stop by anytime
and leave them in the plastic bin in the vestibule.
Thank you for helping us help them.
does not set a specific date or time for trick-or-treating, but adheres to the City of Verona’s date and times.
Tuesday – October 31, 2017 from 5pm till 8pm.
In addition, cars are going to be manually counted at Beach Road intersection for the AM and PM peak periods, just in case
neighbors are wondering why there is a car parked there and someone with a clip board.
The weather was perfect and 8 folks showed up to collect seed between the AM shift and PM shift on Sunday. The group concentrated on Prairie drop seed as it is the most expensive seed and the estimate is that over 5 Lbs was collected. This is a wonderful contribution from Epic as it would cost the Town over a $1K to purchase this seed.
Dave Londsdorf and I have sorted the forb seeds and we are estimating that we have over 70 different forbs, many of them contributed by Ron Endres from Town of Middleton.
We will purchase some more grass seeds and a few forbs.
I believe we will have a first class short grass prairie and will add more seeds as we find other seeds next year. For the species where we have few seeds, we will plant drifts (neighborhoods) so we can harvest seeds more easily and distribute them to other areas over the years.
Again, thank you ALL, for your assistance and continued support AND Save Nov 4, 2017 – (Saturday)to help with the prairie seed planting at 7669 County Highway PD. Bring friends along!
Submitted By: Douglas P. Maxwell
Supervisor – Plan Commission Chair – Town Resident
Contact Info: Mobile Phone – 608-332-3625
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Make your reservation now by mailing the form in the attachment with your check payable to Bill Paar
by October 10th. Class of 1967 — See You There!
Your willingness to help beautify the Town Community Room for meetings and events makes all the difference
for ALL – residents and visitors enjoyment of the space and the 8ft. 10 inch “Whispering Pine” Tree.
(If you listen carefully, it will have plenty to say.)