The Coastal Plain Chapter of GNPS team with the City of Tifton established a native plant garden on three sides of a fenced dog park in Fulwood Park in Tifton.
Congratulations to Mary Alice Applegate and the team for receiving a gold certificate for GNPS Native Plant Habitat Certification. The design with over 25 native plant species was developed by Landscape Architect and UGA Associate Professor Katherine Melcher, a CPC member. The City of Tifton utilized grant funding to purchase plants.
When the garden was established in November 2019, volunteers from the Coastal Plain Chapter were joined by volunteers from several organizations, including Keep Tift Beautiful, Tifton Tree Board, and ABAC and UGA Tifton Campus students and faculty. ESG City Landscape Supervisor James Henderson has made sure plants were watered until they were established. Coastal Plain Chapter volunteers continue to weed the garden and replant where needed.
The garden was certified as a UGA Botanical Garden Connect to Protect site and educational signage has been added. A collection of plant photos created by Marilynne Marshall help visitors identify the native plants found in the garden.