New Native Plant Garden in Brook Creek Park

Brook Creek Neighborhood Association, Grassland Heritage Foundation (GHF), and Kaw Valley Native Plant Coalition representatives worked together to install a new perennial native plant garden in Brook Creek Park. BCNA Board member and GHF Presi‐ dent Andrea Repinsky coordinated with city parks staff to select a location for the garden at the west side of the Brook Creek Park gazebo, where the gar‐ den will be visible from Brook Street. Native plants were grown by KVNPC coordinator Courtney Mas‐ terson and obtained from the GHF native plant sale. Some prairie plants grow slowly as very deep roots develop, so look for more growth and more flowers next year. These deep roots help native plants survive dry conditions and prevent soil erosion while providing wildlife habitat. Plants in the garden include butterfly milkweed, upright coneflower, Bush’s poppy mallow, New England aster, Missouri evening primrose, and prairie dropseed grass.