The Fellows are proud to announce the completion of the 2014 Professional Outreach Project at Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm! September was a busy month, with several days spent planting, clearing and mulching.
September kicked off with two weeding days on the 3rd and 5th. It was all hands on deck with both classes being involved in the process. These days mainly involved weeding, the clearing of unwanted woody material, and creating bench areas. The bench areas were leveled, lined with a weed cloth and edged with Wissahickon schist, which was already present on the property. The work was done in preparation for our planting days, but had a dual purpose of neatening up the site for the Honey Festival that was held at Wyck on September 6th.
The Fellows had the opportunity of being present at the Honey Festival, where they represented the Longwood Graduate Program and the Professional Outreach Project at Wyck, thoroughly enjoying the festivities, especially the man with the bee beard!
Towards the end of September the Fellows dedicated two more days for planting and putting finishing touches on the project. We installed back up roses into their final positions in the planting beds along Germantown Avenue. Ferns originally donated from the Barnes Foundation, irises, peonies, hellebores, hostas, and shasta daisies were divided and planted into their final positions in various parts of the perimeter beds. We ended the day by planting plugs of Achillea, Monarda, and Amsonia in large groups, which helped to fill the gaps between some of the existing perennials mentioned above.
The final day involved planting some of the larger plants we purchased from Pleasant Run Nursery and the unveiling and installing interpretive signage. We also installed new benches for the guests. Once the planting was completed, it was time for the mulching, which required the help of all the Fellows, including several international students from Longwood Gardens and two staff members from Morris Arboretum. Many hands make light work, and all our hard work was rewarded with delicious pizza, kindly provided by the staff at Wyck.
Once the project was completed, we provided Wyck with a final report which included a summary of the project and tools that will be useful for the management and maintenance of the perimeter beds and the rose garden.
This project has been a wonderful opportunity for the Fellows. A definite highlight was the fact that we saw this project from the initial planning stages right through to completion; achieving the goals we set out in July. We would like to thank Wyck for this opportunity and we wish them the best of luck with all their future endeavors.