Creating Beautiful Spaces with Native Plantings


HBM Park Ridge Greens its Garden

Hobbs Brook Management is proud to announce it has recently renovated parts of its property to include native plantings, wild-life habitat, and sustainable features, while improving infrastructure and mitigating future flooding.

Landscaping measures taken include native plantings along the path from the parking lot to the employee entrance that not only provide a bird-friendly area, and qualify the property to be recognized as part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat® program.

Globally, we are currently in the largest period of extinctions since the dinosaurs walked the earth. For humans, there are very tangible and unpleasant outcomes to loosing diversity of life on this planet. By rethinking how we relate to the landscapes we inhabit, important and positive changes can take place. The integration of native plants where typically only a handful of familiar non-native species are planted is one small and relatively easy step we can take to reclaim some of the symbiotic benefits of working with our native ecosystems.

We are thrilled to provide this beautiful garden for the pleasure of tenants and employees that not only fulfilled an important infrastructure requirement, but also incorporate sustainability into renovation plans that uphold Hobbs Brooks company mission.

Fast Facts

  • Native plantings which will require very little water once established and provide many benefits including reduced storm water runoff compared to typical ornamental plantings
  • Bird bath, feeders and nesting boxes in line with the voluntary standards of the National Wildlife Federation
  • Rainwater runoff collected will irrigate park grounds 300-gallons at a time
  • Water is currently stored in a 7500 gallon concrete cistern and pumped out as needed.

Our landscape design is created and curated by Living Habitats

SporobolisHeterolepis_PrairieDropseed AsclepiasTuberosa_ButterflyWeed AslepiasIncarnata_SwampMilkweed
ArailiaRacemosa_Spikenard PhloxDivaricata_WildBluePhlox PolemoniumReptans_JacobsLadder
AlliumCernuum_NoddingWildOnion DrypopterisMarginalis_MarginalShieldFern DodecatheonMaedia_ShootingStar
CheloneGlabra_Turtlehead GeumTriflorum_PrairieSmoke PanicumVirgatum_Switchgrass

Why Are Native Plants Important?

 

Park Ridge Native Plantings

Click here to view a slide show of Native Plants used on this property

Native Plants Root Diagram (click to enlarge)

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Native Garden Plan

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Improvement Plan Locations by Year

Further discussions about prairie plants can be found here:

 

A Year in the Life of a Native Rain Garden (Credit for time lapse video: delafleur.com)