South Triangle Garden

Located in the “Ponemah” section of town, this informal roadside garden has been cared for by different neighbors over many decades, and now by the garden club. The garden contains a colorful mix of drought-tolerant perennials and shrubs.

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.

Fun Facts

  • 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.