Goldblatt Pop-up Garden Tour June 2 & 3 for INPAWS Members

Home of Barbara & Irv Goldblatt 2017

Pop-up Garden Tour for INPAWS Members and Guests
728 Downing Drive, Greenwood
NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat – Please, no pets
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 2
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 3

The Goldblatt yard shows a successful and ongoing conversion of high-clay suburban lawn to vibrant native plant gardens. They have planned for diversity in seasonal bloom times; tree, shrub, and forb height layering; soil moisture conditions; families & species; and all-season wildlife habitat. Small space, big presence.

Expected Highlights

Climbing Prairie Rose (Rosa setigera) peak bloom

Elderberry (Sambucus Canadensis) blooming

Sweet Grass (Hierchloe), crush a blade and inhale fragrance

Field Thistle (Circium discolor) way pre-bloom

Raspberries (Rubus occidentalis ) pick & eat now

Prairie Sundrops (Oenother pilosella) peak bloom

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis) groundcover blooming

Northern River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) pre-bloom

Serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis) berries

Coralberry (Symphoricarpus orbiculatus) pre-bloom

Red beebalm (Monarda didyma) beginning bloom

New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus) blooming

Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) & Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium) blooming together

Tall bellflower (or ?) pre-bloom mystery plant, and lots of them!

Points of Interest

A. All roof gutters are directed to rain gardens or drier mulched beds for stormwater management and groundwater re-charge, a work-in-progress.


B. Vole damage: Winter 2016/17 had lots of vole activity along cul-de-sac, destroying or weakening several plants in middle beds.

C. Corner arc: Dying ash tree in hellstrip provided diminishing shade each year and was removed winter 2017; heavy traffic from robins, etc.

“We are beginning our 5th season of native plant gardening, cultivating approx. 75 species of native trees, shrubs, forbs, grasses, and sedges. Starting with 3 mulched beds in 2013, we expanded a bit each year. No lawn chemicals have been used for 16 years, and it is maintained as a NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat. Excluding herbs & vegetables, we think that all except 4 cultivated species are native to this or a nearby ecoregion. The yard can be appreciated as a ‘new modern’ aesthetic in landscaping and ecologic function, situated in a less ecologically-focused neighborhood.

If you enjoy the gardens and ever find yourself nearby, please feel welcome to view them from our sidewalks. If we see you, we will probably say hello & offer an updated tour! Or call ahead, we can try to arrange an impromptu walk-thru.”

Barbara & Irv

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