O'Hara Nature Center Overview
Over the course of my work at the O’Hara Nature Center, I carried out the following activities: teaching workshops in grafting, plant propagation, organic pest and weed management, as well as tree pruning. I also coordinated and directed plantings, designs, and development of gardens, as well as worked to rejuvenate the grounds and older gardens that had been neglected in previous years. These projects were done in conjunction with many wonderful people and organizations such as the Irvington Eagle Scouts, the Woods Committee, the Parks, and Recreation Department, the Department of Public Works and the Irvington School District.
Developing the ONC Upper And Lower Rain Gardens
From March through July of 2016, I coordinated efforts toward the excavation, maintenance, design, and plantings of both rain gardens at the O’Hara Nature Center. The work above documents the development of the gardens when I took over as coordinator of the ONC and the work I did in conjunction with the Irvington Parks and Recreation, Village Trustees, and the Department of Public Works.
Developing Grounds and Demonstration Gardens
Before my hire, the grounds and gardens of the O’Hara Nature Center had not been properly maintained for approximately a two-year period. My role was to restore the gardens and the plants back to health, along with training summer workers, interns, volunteers, and the Irvington Parks and Recreation Staff. This involved best management practices for maintaining the health, look, and productivity of the gardens and the native plantings. Above are a few photos that document some of the gardens and grounds from when I first took over the position in March 2016 until my job completion in August 2016.