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Evesboro Downs Wildflower Patch

In 2015, the Evesham Environmental Commission worked with a Marlton resident, Rutgers Cooperative Extension,and the Evesham DPW to install a wildflower patch at Evesboro Downs Park. The Marlton resident donated the native, wildflower seed mixes for the patch. Six years later, the patch continues to grow and be maintained by Evesham Township and the Evesham Environmental Commission. Some of the native plants at the patch include: Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum muticum), New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis), Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium), Goldenrod, New York Aster (Symphyotrichum novi-belgii), Monkey Flower (Mimulus ringens), and Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor). In 2019, some native shrubs were planted in the area of the patch that tends to stay wet. The Wildflower Patch offers a home to birds, butterflies, and insects. Occasionally, a grey tree frog is seen at the patch (we have the photos to prove it). It has been a wonderful (and sometimes challenging) experience for the Marlton residents who maintain and tend to the patch. Nature has a way of helping us understand the "right plant for the right place." It's important that we "listen" to nature and remember the home that she provides for all - not just humans.

Ila Vassallo