Dahlia Hill- Mixing Native and Non-Native Plants In Harmony

by Andrea Foster, Conservation Outreach Coordinator

Upon visiting Dahlia Hill, you first notice the terraced rows of colorful dahlias. This beautiful non-profit garden was first established by local artist and designer Charles Breed and Bill Fisher, and the dahlias are, of course, the main focal point.

7- DH view

As you look a little closer and walk the property, however, you will notice so much more. There has been special care taken to include native plants, use eco-friendly lawn care techniques, and to provide habitat for wildlife.


For these reasons, Little Forks Conservancy is proud to certify Dahlia Hill as a Conservation@Work property and to have the Conservation@Work sign displayed there.


Join us for a photographic tour of just some of the ways that Dahlia Hill is protecting our local ecosystem. The practices are wonderful examples of conservation within the community.


The garden above was planted using mostly native plants and with pollinators in mind. It has plenty of milkweed for Monarch butterflies, and the coneflowers add beautiful color in the middle of summer.

6- milkweed

The milkweed pods are the part that seeds come from when the plant dries and splits. This is a close up of what they look like. When the pod pops easily when pressed, the seeds are ready to be harvested. The milkweed plant is the only plant that Monarch butterflies will lay their eggs on, so it’s important to have as much planted as possible!


The compost pile at Dahlia Hill is probably the prettiest compost pile in existence. Composting is a great way to make the most of the grass clippings and spent flowers that need to be disposed of, and this pile works well to provide nutrient rich soil during the next season!

Like what you see? You can adapt these practices in your own home or business! To learn more about Conservation@Work, click here. To read about Conservation@Home, click here. If you have additional questions, email afoster@littleforks.org today!





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