Crowder Park Prairie and Native Plants Garden
Name: Crowder County Park
Open to the public: Yes
County: Wake Co.
Address: 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex, NC 27539
Link to the Public Garden Map
Website: Crowder County Park
USDA Hardiness Zone: 7b
Extension Demonstration Garden? No
Approximate year the garden/landscape was established: 2014
What to look for: The garden demonstrates the importance of prairies as natural habitats that support diverse populations of birds, butterflies, insects, and other wildlife. A prairie is a natural-looking garden of native grasses and wildflowers that add color and attract pollinators to the landscape. Some of the native flowers found in the garden are butterfly weed, baptisia, coreopsis, Queen Anne's lace, cardinal flower, Carolina jessamine, bee balm, mountain mint, coneflower, rudbeckia, Joe-pye weed, green and gold and muhly grass.
The Crowder Prairie Garden was established in 2014 by Bill Blevins, Cindy Sanborn, and Carla Carpenter. Today it is maintained by Wake County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Cindy Sanborn, Cathy DeWitt, Sue Council, Lynn Martin, Ginny Nugent and other EMG volunteers.
Horticulture: No irrigation systems, fertilizers, or pesticides are used in the garden. The greatest challenges are decreasing sun due to encroaching pines and hardwoods, no water source, and eradicating invasive weeds.