Published January 13, 2023

Winter Updates at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark has a new horticulturist, Allison Bush. Allison joined Five Rivers MetroParks in 2019 as the Urban Zone Horticulturist. She holds a degree in horticulture and is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist. Allison has worked in both the private and public sectors of the Green Industry for over 20 years. She has a proven commitment to plant conservation and sustainability while making plants and gardens more accessible and exciting to Dayton’s residents. She looks forward to continuing to create outdoor experiences for the community that will inspire a personal connection to nature and convey the beauty that Dayton has to offer.

Also at Wegerzyn, a big change is well under way with the help of volunteers planting of over 100 native shrubs to create thicket habitat for wildlife with Hazelnuts, Sassafras, Aronia Berry, Serviceberry, Persimmon, Ninebark, American plum, 3 native viburnum species and more. As it matures, this planting will provide 4 seasons of interest with blooms for pollinators, food for wildlife, and spectacular fall color for all visitors to our park.

As you explore all the gardens in MetroParks, whether formal or woodlands, be sure to look for all the trees and shrubs that provide berries and shelter for wildlife as the weather grows colder and food sources dwindle. This is a great time to plan to add similar plants to your own landscape next spring.

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