LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- Lewisboro Land Trust has been named the recipient of Westchester County’s Soil and Water Conservation Achievement award for the implementation of the Leon Levy Native Plant Garden.
The commendation will be presented to the Trust at the District’s awards presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the Westchester County Center.
The Levy Plant Garden is a project of the Lewisboro Land Trust. In December 2014, the Lewisboro group was asked by Shelby White, trustee of the Leon Levy Foundation, to design and implement the construction of a native plant garden adjacent to the parking area at the Leon Levy Preserve.
This garden was to replace the existing “lawn,” which required a lot of maintenance by the town. In addition to cutting down on the maintenance, White wanted the garden to be a source of education for the community about the types of natives that grow best in our soil and our climate.
The Lewisboro Land Trust hired landscape designer Pam Pooley to work with White to create a 5,000-square-foot garden that was low management and maintenance, deer resistant, friendly to bees and butterflies, and educational. John Jay High School's Senior Intern Program which supplied four seniors also helped planted the garden.
The garden was completed in mid-June and opened to the public with an informational dedication, signage, brochures to take home, and a plan for future educational programs for students and community members.
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