On May 15-16, 2013, the seventh-grade life science class at Fredericksburg Academy planted a native perennial garden on the campus next to the Middle School building. The 71-foot by 5-foot garden was planted with wildflowers and grasses that are native to the Chesapeake Bay region. It served as a capstone project for the Chesapeake Bay watershed unit taught to the class by their teacher Katie Laskey. The plants help filter water coming off a turf area that has compacted soils and provide habitat for wildlife.
Cutting-edge techniques for promoting soil stability and reducing erosion are being put to use on the banks of the Rappahannock River and its tributaries. Some of the most innovative science breakthroughs involve solving environmental problems by looking at them from a
different perspective, emulating nature’s own way of addressing these issues. This particular example of
Earlier this month, I was lucky to have Friends of the Rappahannock design and install a custom rain garden in my front yard as a part of their Rainscape Retrofit program funded by a grant through the Dominion Foundation. A rain garden is an amended landscape feature designed to capture and infiltrate stormwater runoff.