About the Garden
The garden is located in a highly trafficked area at the intersection of Route 122 and Old Nashua Road. It is designed as a roadside garden, and a welcoming sight for motorists leaving or entering Amherst from the south.
As the garden is without irrigation, it is planted with durable, low-maintenance favorites such as purple coneflower, bearded and siberian iris, tall sedum (‘Autumn Joy’ and ‘Neon’), liatris, russian sage, monkshood, artemesia, blue fescue, and Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Hortensia’ — a yellow flower that grows 6 feet in tall!
History of the Garden
- The granite obelisk with wooden “Ponemah” sign on top was added by the Brockway family who once lived across the street.
- The Callery pear tree was planted in memory of Mary Lu Chamberlain, sister of garden club member Brenda Perry. Their grandparents owned a nearby farm (now gone), and as an adult Mary Lu worked on the garden.
- In the 1990s, MaryAnne Conaway of the garden club worked with Public Works to renovate the triangle, bringing in new soil and plantings.
- The garden contains a large patch of milkweed, which supports the Monarch butterfly population.
- A granite block from the historic Mack Hill bridge placed beneath the pear tree provides a shady resting spot for weary gardeners.