Roadside Biodiversity Garden
In 2021, Lynchburg Garden Club & Hillside Garden Club received the Garden Club of Virginia’s Bessie Bocock Carter Award. In partnership with the City of Lynchburg, LEAF, Crowther Landscape Architecture and Irvington Springs Farm, the clubs have completed Phase I, in 2019, with the establlishment of three acres of roadside pollinator beds. Phase II is a large demonstration bed along a Lynchburg highway traveled by 40,000 daily drivers. The bed features non-GMO/non-Neonicotinoid native perennials, shrubs and trees. Throughout the year, the plants provide food and habitat for insects and wildlife. The faded plant material is left intact in winter to provide wildlife habitat.