On September 15, the Campaign celebrated the opening of its latest project, the Shelby White and Leon Levy Water Garden. This garden highlights water as a design element and is intrinsic to BBG’s comprehensive Water Conservation Project.
Among the garden’s 20,000-plus plantings, many species were chosen for their ability to thrive in the wet conditions at the water’s edge, known as the riparian zone. In addition to adaptations that allow them to survive fluctuations in water level, many have the ability to improve water quality, stabilize the soil and prevent erosion, and help direct water flow.
This new habitat will also support a diversity of fauna. During the garden’s opening ceremony, a native turtle was released into the water as a symbol of the wildlife that the garden promises to attract. Songbirds and birds of prey (including an osprey), butterflies, dragonflies, and crayfish are a few of the creatures that have already been spotted. Benches and boulders along the winding stream invite human visitors to linger and appreciate the abundant beauty of this new landscape.
Photos by Liz Ligon.