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Native Plant Demonstration Garden All Saints' Episcopal Church


Name: Native Plant Demonstration Garden All Saints' Episcopal Church

Open to the Public: Yes

County: Cabarrus

Address: All Saints' Episcopal Church, 525 Lake Concord Rd, Concord, NC 28025

Website: No

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8a (2023)

Extension Demonstration Garden: Yes, in partnership with the Gardens of All Saints'

Year established:  December 2021: 32 shrubs and grasses planted,  April 2022: 103 native perennials planted

What to look for:  The garden was designed by Cabarrus Extension Master Gardener Hope Duckworth in October 2021.  This garden represents a partnership of the Gardens team at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Concord, NC, and the Cabarrus Extension Master Gardener program.  The goals of this partnership include:

  • Sharing our experiential knowledge regarding the value, beauty, challenges, and utility of including these native plants in home landscapes.
  • Documenting the creation, growth, and seasonal changes of this garden in the Garden Gallery Section of the NC Extension Gardener Plant toolbox
  • Engaging gardeners of all ages through periodic educational tours.
  • Educating - to further the educational component of this garden, plant labels include QR codes that link to the NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox.

Horticulture:  The garden features 29 different grasses, groundcovers, trees, shrubs, and perennials native to the Southeastern United States.  Automated drip irrigation using a dedicated irrigation well is employed.  Representative plants of each species are labeled using metal stake labels with the plant names and a QR code that links to that plant on the NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox.  This garden was created by volunteers with funding for the plants and materials provided by All Saints’ Episcopal Church Concord, NC, and the Episcopal Diocese of NC Environmental Ministry program.  Garden co-leaders:  Mark D. Robinson, All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Cabarrus County Master Gardeners,, 704-791-1313 and Bruce Batman, Cabarrus County Master Gardeners,, 469-682-6375.  Please reach out to us to find out about our next scheduled public tour.

Plant List - March 2022

Trees and Shrubs:

  • AA = Aronia arbutifolia (red chokeberry) (3)
  • CF = Calycanthus floridus (Carolina all-spice) (3)
  • IV = Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly) (3)
  • LB = Lindera benzoin (spicebush) (6)
  • SC = Sambucus canadensis (Elderberry) (3)
  • VV = Vaccinium virgatum (blueberries) (5)
  • Native Azaleas (5)
  • Bald Cypress = Taxodium distichum
  • H = Hornbeam, replaced by Hamamelis virginiana (common witch-hazel)
  • M = Big Leaf Magnolia
  • Maple = Acer rubrum
  • Sassafras albidum


  • Asarum canadense (wild ginger) (20)
  • Phlox divaricata OR stolonifera (woodland phlox/creeping phlox) (7)
  • Chrysogonum Virginianum (green and gold) (12)


  • Muhlenbergia capillaris (Pink Muhly grass) (14)
  • Panicum virgatum (switchgrass) (6)


  • Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern) (7)
  • Osmundastrum cinnamomeum (Cinnamon Fern) (7)
  • Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern) (9)


  • Asters (native spp.) (10)
  • Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa and didyma) (8)
  • Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) (9)
  • Echinacea purpurea (coneflower) (9)
  • Goldenrods (native spp.) (5)
  • Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata [pink/swamp milkweed]) (4)
  • Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum spp.) (6)