The Carlisle Garden Club has selected the yard of Pamela Still of Mounty Holly Springs as the Garden of the Month for July.
Since 1984, Still, a Mount Holly council member, has been renovating her residence on South Baltimore Avenue, built in 1794. Over the past several years the emphasis has been on transitioning to a conservation landscape.
In 2016, Still was awarded a grant opportunity through the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay to install a bayscape on her property to help absorb stormwater runoff. In 2017, she won first place in Cumberland County for her efforts to make her yard more eco-friendly.
“The award was one of the best moments of my life,” she wrote. “I really believe it is up to all of us to practice the best management practices in conservation. Our future depends on it.”
Still proposed diverting stormwater runoff into a bed of native plants, creating a raingarden. Extra gutter and rain barrels were installed so that rainwater would not run down the alley next to her property and into the storm drain located on the heavily traveled Baltimore Avenue.
Still also added eight native trees, as well as native shrubs and perennials to support and attractbirds and pollinators. No chemicals are used in the yard.
“It has been somewhat difficult going from relatively weed free grass to having clover blanket the yard, but it is worth it seeing the rabbits and bees enjoying the clover,” Still said.
Still will also have on display pictures of the yard when she first purchased the stone house in 1984, and she will have on display the relics she dug up in her yard while gardening.
Her prize relic is a Civil War button she unearthed on July 1, 2003.
Still’s yard at 18 S. Baltimore Ave., will be on display Sunday, July 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. In case of rain, Still will show visitors how a raingarden works first hand.
For ease of access to the property, parking is available on Hill Street.