The Burlington Arboretum offers a collection of plants that help the ecosystem

AMY DIXON Special Reporter

When you take a moment to think, water is at the heart of our existence. Globally, we rely on fresh water sources to transform eggs in our daily lives.

The places where we live, work, and play are all connected to the local basins to some extent or another, highlighting the need to focus on healthy waterways. Our homes and public gardens are a key player in maintaining healthy watersheds as they can help or harm the ecosystem.

Several years ago, the city of Burlington planned to solve a problem with a creek in Willowbrick Park. This stream, particularly known as the Brown branch, was infested with vegetation, prone to flooding, and dangerously flooded nearby roads and homes during heavy rains.

The city’s rainwater sector has undertaken a stream rehabilitation project completed in 2018. The project will include the removal of invasive species, the repair of damaged runoff banks, and the planting of indigenous vegetation. . The project improved the quality of the water and eventually gave the park a new lease of life, attracting the attention of the local non-profit New Leaf Society.

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A.D. In 2017, the New Leaf Association partnered with the city of Burlington to relocate Willowbuk Park to Burlington Airport. The result of this union was an incredibly successful marriage of wealth, which greatly benefited the people of Burlington and the surrounding area.

“The New Leaf Association is working on decorating projects in Alamans County and Burlington,” said Jason Barnhill, general manager of Arboret. “They were looking for an arborret and a place for him. This stream rehabilitation project came along, and they decided that this would be the right place for him.

Arborretum is now known as the Burlington Park Avenue in Willowbrick Park and is located in the middle of the Birlington Willowbruck neighborhood. Arborretum covers 17 hectares of land, including a condominium, children’s playground, patriotic memorial, swamps, sidewalks and a collection of plants.

The arbor is more than half a mile of green space within the main Brown branch. Rehabilitation of the stream was initiated by the Arboretum and the quality of the water was central to the city of Burlington.

Amy Barber, manager of Burlington Floodwater Management, explains how the design of the basin has accomplished several purposes – most importantly to reduce erosion and pollution. Their natural ability is determined to prevent nitrogen and phosphorus from reaching the stream.

“We had a list of permitted plantings for short-lived wildflowers and grasses in the basin,” Barber said. “They are planted in different zones. Zone 1 is actually closer to the stream, zones 2 and 3 are more elevated.

Zone 1 plants include more wet conditions as well as faster moving water droplets and shoots. Plants in Zone 2 and 3 include native wildflowers such as rhododendrons, echinacea, asters, sweeteners, silkworm, and bald cypress. These plants grow in streams and are very tolerant of wet conditions.

Arboretum bones began in 2019 as sidewalks were installed throughout the green space. In the process, the construction exposed the spring season, creating a wet garden for arborite. Barber and Barnhill decided to work with this unexpected natural force and collaborated on this wet land vision.

“My idea about wet land is to look at the amount of water that comes naturally,” Barber said. But there was not much variety in the growing plants. Jason suggested that it should be like a garden, but more secure.

“To come together with a field ecological perspective, you need the perspective of a horticultural expert. You can have something that is beautifully pleasing to visitors but also used for ecological purposes. He is purifying the water before it goes out into the stream. “

In addition to the educational aspect of wetlands, water continues to play a central role in the overall arithmetic footprint. The basin will deliberately restrict visitors and aviation personnel from approaching the water, but there are several access points to the stream, all around Arbaminch. These points allow visitors (especially children) to connect with the stream and touch and explore the water.

The City of Burlington and Arborumentum staff pay close attention to Arboruret Health and Education. It is a wonderful green place to take children and adults out, encourage them to move around more, and help them learn about plants and the environment.

A new nursery is in operation. Includes playground, laboratory maze and plant displays. A large tree house sits in the middle of the garden, which is a great draw for children, which attracts visitors of all ages. The tree house, built by Beanstalk Builders, is surrounded by mature willow trees, which invite people to the air and find the best arboretum lanes.

“We had a tree review before we started construction,” Barnhill said. “The Bartlet tree grew and built some cables to secure some large branches. They inspected the inside of the tree to make sure there was no internal decay and that the tree was structurally healthy. Everything is done with the health of the tree in mind.

Many plants live in the archipelago, including collections of daylilies, hostas, azaleas, roses, hydrangeas and camellias. They serve two purposes: they serve as a model for both plants and serve as a good example of public interest. During my visit, I was impressed by the hydrangea and camouflage plants that grow together in one area. I can’t wait to visit again to get more color.

“Camellia is planted in a wave of color, so it goes from red to pink and white,” Barnhill said. “And the hydrangeas are inverted – whites turn pink, blue and some red. Hydrangeas go until the summer, and Camilleus returns to flowering in October. So there is something in this bed that blooms all year round.

The Burlington Arborum in Willowbrick Park is evolving by marrying ornamental plants and rejuvenating native plants near the coffee branch. It’s the perfect place to play and learn, all in the same place.

“We are here not only for the collection of plants but also for proper tree pruning, what to plant, plant selection and to inform the invaders,” Barnhill said. “This venue is a great opportunity to show what happens when you get rid of invasive plants and plant native plants, streams, wildlife food, shelter and beauty. You can have a park where people can relax and learn about it.

Amy Dixon is an Assistant Horticulture Specialist at Walk Forld University Gardens at Walk Forrest University. Garden questions or story ideas can be sent to or

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