In October 2009, we were hired to install a two acre wildflower meadow in Kent, CT.  The landscape plan, by the landscape architect, didn’t give any detail as to what his vision was for the meadow.  Not having any experience with large scale meadow establishment, our work at Designing Eden was cut out for us.  There were a lot of things to figure out, for instance, what type of seed, how were we going to remove the existing vegetation with minimal soil disturbance, should we seed in fall or wait until spring, who were we going to use as a seed supplier, how should we apply the seed, the color palette and sequence, the seeding rate and what would be the best way to maintain the meadow for years of enjoyment? With this project, I learned a lot about installing wildflower meadows. There were things we would do again and probably just as many things we would do differently on our next meadow.  In the end, everyone including the homeowner, landscape architect, property manager and especially our hardest critic, Designing Eden, was happy with the end result.  Judge for yourself!Annuals the first season.

Perennials the second season.  Lupines in May and June 2011.

Rudbeckia in June and July 2011

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  • Debbie

    Wow, what
    great photos. How’d you get the meadow started? Did you use plugs, seed mix, container plants or a combo of all three? I’m very interested in starting a mim-meadow and have been looking into what works/doesn’t work here in CT.

    • Richard Schipul

      Thanks Debbie. I’m loving the second season and how the landscape keeps re-inventing itself. I started the wildflowers from seed.

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