Park has an
arboretum-quality collection of tree species, as well as a dwarf conifer
collection and perennial and annual flower beds. For a closer look, select the
Wilcox Park Photo Album page link in the left-hand menu.
Friends Perennial Garden
The Perennial Garden,
which was a gift of the Friends of the Library in 1980, is a collection of
specially chosen hardy perennials which display color and greenery from spring
through autumn. The Friends provided additional support in 2004 for park
staff and volunteers to reconfigure and restore the Perennial garden. The
Perennial gardens are bordered by a boxwood hedge and feature hosta, sedum,
salvia, lambís ears and silver mound. The showcase of the circular bed is the
Woman's Urn, surrounded by germander and seafoam roses.
Project Green Thumb
Q: What conditions attract native butterflies to a backyard garden?
A: A successful butterfly garden includes a variety of bright and
colorful flowering plants situated in a sunny area protected from wind.
The best varieties produce a high nectar food source and a place for females to
lay eggs. Many native butterflies are attracted to pink, red,
purple, yellow or orange flowers in large masses of a single color, or closely
related colors. Most butterflies must land in order to get to the nectar
and prefer plants with clusters of short tubular flowers or large, flat
petals. Since butterflies are active from early spring through frost,
having a mix of flowering plants that bloom all season will ensure lots of
Bee-balm (Monarda didyma), Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia species), Butterfly bush
(Buddleia davidii), Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Coneflower (Echinacea
purpurea), Coreopsis (Coreopsis species), Sedum (Sedum species), Yarrow
(Achillea species), and Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus).
Wilcox Park Perennials
Alchemilla mollis Lady's Mantle
Allium senescens var. glaucum Curly chivesa
Amsonia hubrichtii Narrow Leaf Bluestar
Anemone hupehensis var. japonica Japanese Anenome
Artemesia schmidtiana 'Nana' Silver Mound
Aster novae-angliae Aster 'Purple Dome'
Baptisia australis False Blue Indigo
Campanula glomerata 'Superba' Clustered Bell Flower
Campanula persicifolia alba Peachleaf Bell Flower- white
Campanula persicifolia Peachleaf Bell Flower- blue
Centranthus rubber Red Valerian
Hosta August Moon, Blue Cadet, Undulata