Civic Development Grant – Veterans Memorial Lower Garden

Garden Club receives Grant to renovate Lower Veterans Memorial

In September, the Garden Club of Norfolk received a Civic Development Grant from the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts for renovating the Lower Veterans Memorial Gardens at the Norfolk Town Cemetery. The gardens are in the Veterans section of the historic 1745 Norfolk Cemetery located at Main and Seekonk Streets in Norfolk, MA.

The club hopes to build a thriving native plant garden in memory of those who served our country. Their garden proposal is for a low-maintenance plan that includes native shrubs, grasses, and perennials. Purchase of plant materials and all work will be performed by club members. As well as the Grant, the Garden Club of Norfolk has received support from many local partners, including the DPW, Norfolk American Legion Post 335, the Norfolk Historical Commission, and individual donations

The Veterans Memorial was designed by landscape architect Lowell Robinson in 1991; plants were planted on the upper level and a dedication was held on Memorial Day, 1995. The lower gardens on either side of the granite steps leading to the Memorial were planted sometime between 1996 and 2001. By 2005, all the plants in the Lower Veterans Memorial Gardens had died. Mr. Robinson drew up Restoration Recommendations in 2005, but his plans were never implemented.

The club hopes to begin planting next spring.

Veterans Memorial Plaza
Lower Memorial Garden

Planting Guide for North Side of Lower Memorial Garden

Gray circles = Boulders/Rocks with diameters from 30″ to 16″.

  1. Wild Blue Indigo, Baptisia australis
  2. Bigroot Geranium, Geranium macrorrhizum                                        
  3. Sundial Lupine, Lupinus perennis                                                        
  4. Eastern Beebalm, Monarda bradburia
  5. Bearberry, Arctostaphylos uva-uarsi
  6. Black Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta
  7. Northern Bush Honeysuckle, Diervilla ionicera ‘Kodiak Red’
  8. Shenandoah Switch Grass, Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’
  9. Yarrow, Achilillea millefolium ‘Strawberry Seduction’
  10. Giant Blue Hyssop, Agastache foeniculum ‘Blue Fortune’
  11. Chokeberry, Aronia melanocarpa ‘Ground Hog’
  12. Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa
  13. Downy Goldenrod, Solidago puberula
  14. New England Aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’

Planting Guide for South Side will mirror Planting Guide for North Side. Plants #1-5 will bloom in spring-summer; plants #6-14 will bloom in the summer-fall.