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 email@example.com, or call the Town office at 845-7187.
Submitted By: David Lonsdorf