The Making of McFarlane Meadow - Part 8

6/10/2022 12:16 pm

The Making of McFarlane Meadow - Part 8

Expectations of Summer

The 11.5-acre McFarlane Nature Park is the site of a meadow – planted in October 9, 2021.

About 350 plants were installed and it has been an anxious wait.  A recent visit by members of the garden club that originally assisted in the planting clearly resulted in disappointment. The expectation was for a field of flowers. One visitor commented that “you can’t see the meadow because of all these grasses.” 



The Making of McFarlane Meadow - Part 7

4/26/2022 3:53 pm

The Making of McFarlane Meadow - Part 7

Signs of Growth

Since the original meadow planting, when about 350 plants were installed, it has been an anxious wait.  As regular park walkers stared at the overgrown patch, surrounded by pink ribbon on stakes, they saw nothing but pasture weeds. . .



The Making of McFarlane Meadow - Part 6

4/21/2022 3:13 pm

The Making of McFarlane Meadow - Part 6

Waiting for the result

Follow along with Karin Guzy as she documents the experience of trying to make a meadow to increase bird and bee activity in McFarlane Park.  In this part, the neighbors and visitors wonder what the pink tape means.  



The Making of McFarlane Meadow - Part 5

4/18/2022 2:44 pm

The Making of McFarlane Meadow - Part 5

Read along with Karin Guzy's journey leading the creation of a new meadow in McFarlane Nature Park.  In this installment, the planting -- and hoping for success -- begin in earnest.



The Making of McFarlane Meadow - Part 4

4/13/2022 9:25 am

The McFarlane Meadow - Part 4

Follow along with Karin Guzy as she tries to create a meadow in McFarlane Nature Park where once there was turf.  The plants and seeds have been ordered.  In this installment, Karen creates a planting plan and figures out who will do the massive planting and how.  



The Making of McFarlane Meadow - Part 3

3/30/2022 8:33 am

The Making of McFarlane Meadow - Part 3

Read along with Karin Guzy as she shares the next stage of making the meadow in McFarlane Nature Park.  On to every gardener's favorite part of any project: plant shopping. 



The Making of McFarlane Meadow - Part 2

2/27/2022 4:56 pm

The Making of McFarlane Meadow - Part 2

Read along with Karin Guzy as she takes the germ of an idea to create a meadow from a pasture in McFarlane Nature Park toward reality.  In Part 2, she consults expert sources to decide how to prepare the grass covered area for eventual planting and picks a path.



The Making of McFarlane Meadow - Part 1

2/27/2022 3:58 pm

The Making of McFarlane Meadow - An Ongoing Series

Karin Guzy manages the 11.5 acre McFarlane Nature Park. In this ongoing series, read along with her journey as she decides to create a meadow from an unused pasture in the hopes of increasing the insect and bird population of McFarlane Nature Park after learning about the alarming decline of insect populations across the globe.

PART 1 - Plans and plants need time to mature.