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Fancy a walk in a garden? Come out to Zimmerman Park and enjoy the 70 species of plantings that are a part of the new Lee Dennison Garden, which spotlights sustainable landscaping design and maintenance methods while providing a Zen space for reflection.
For your visit, the Dennison Garden committee has prepared some informative garden notes. You can also explore the new website www.dennisongarden.org to learn more about Lee Dennison and the garden her bequest has created for the Town (photos for each plant will be added over the course of the spring and summer).
As spring emerges, you can observe new growth daily. For example, the common serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) is in bloom in the DC area right now. This native shrub//tree has flowers for pollinators and juicy berries for birds and humans (the berries taste a lot like blueberries). There are lots of good reasons to plant a Serviceberry in your garden: tolerates clay soil and air pollution, has great ornamental value,pretty flowers and beautiful fall color,produces berries, and good food source for birds.One caution, this plant can get Cedar apple rust if you plant it close to Junipers which are alternate hosts for the disease. Rust doesn’t usually kill a Serviceberry, but it tends to appear once the berries are set and makes them inedible. Learn more about the plant here.
Please maintain social distancing and please do not let dogs run free in the garden.