Exciting news for Henderson Park’s Native Plant and Wildlife Walk! The DeKalb Master Gardeners who tend this special area applied to the Atlanta Audubon Society for a $10,000 grant and AAS said YES. Their goal is for NPWW to become the central spot in our community to learn about our native birds and how to support them. AAS will fund consultation by their invasive plant specialist who will work with us for one year to remove the many invasive plant species in the project area. Then Master Gardeners will plant bird friendly plants in those areas. AAS will also offer community programming throughout the year.
Future plans / dreams include kiosks and educational signage; installation of birdhouses, bird feeders and a water feature; birdbanding workshops and other activities for all age levels. Congratulations and thanks to the Master Gardeners team –
The Native Plant and Wildlife Walk (NPWW) is a paved, handicapped-accessible trail in Henderson Park, located off Henderson Road. The half-mile trail forms a loop beginning at the lower parking area near the soccer field. The loop also may be accessed from the parking area behind the community garden. The purpose of the NPWW is to provide a safe and aesthetically pleasing setting to educate the community about the many plants, birds, insects, and animals which are native to our part of Georgia.
The NPWW project began in 2012 with partners Park Pride, Friends of Henderson Park and DeKalb County Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners have spent hundreds of hours removing invasive plants and restoring native plants to the area around the paved trail, but much work remains to be done. Great news – many native plants have emerged after invasive plants have been cleared out.
Much work remains to be done on the Native Plant and Wildlife Walk! Master Gardeners, friends and neighbors meet at the NPWW on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month from 9:00 am until noon to continue removing ivy, wisteria, and other invasive or non-native plants.