I'm working in Louisville over the summer on a project to rehabilitate a
flower garden in a Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park along the Ohio River.
The park is in a somewhat poor neighborhood and suffers from some level of
neglect & occasional misuse. The garden will be about two acres with paths
and a small existing pavilion. What suggestions can you offer regarding the
1. What are the most durable, longlasting flowering shrubs to plant in such
a place (but no invasive types, please!)
2. What are good ways of drawing in local schools or community centers or
other such community-based organizations? I was thinking of leaving one or
two of the raised beds "empty" so that a local group, such as a school or
some kind of youth club, could take charge of it.
3. What are other tips for keeping a garden as low-maintenance as possible
(discouraging weeds, etc.)?
Olmsted Conservancy, Louisville
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