The downtown BullStreet district is collaborating with Riverbanks Botanical Garden founding designer Jenks Farmer to give the Bull Street and Elmwood Avenue entrance a facelift. A garden design called Sandhills Meadow showcase heirloom and native plants, wildflowers and grasses that have adapted to the Midlands’ sandhills environment.
Plantings will include Carolina jessamine, silver blueberry, giant sea holly, Milk and Wine and Orange River crinum lilies, jonquils, cord grass, switchgrass, blue salvia, red hibiscus, evening primrose, climbing Carolina aster, sensitive vine, toadflax, heliotrope and swamp sunflower.
“The BullStreet District honors the past as we build toward the future, so naturalistic landscaping is a logical extension of that idea,” Robert Hughes, president of Hughes Development Corporation, said in a new release. “It’s the environmentally responsible thing to do, and we hope to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife to their natural sources of food.”
Hughes has commissioned noted horticulturist Augustus Jenkins Farmer III to plant and establish the entranceway. An eighth generation South Carolinian, Farmer has been featured in the New York Times, Garden & Gun, Southern Living and the Dallas Morning News.
“It makes me proud to see naturalistic planting prioritized in Columbia,” Farmer said. “This is a chance to bring back what was here many years ago, before the hospital campus was developed. This is exactly the opposite of monoculture, in which everything is planted in straight lines, a remnant of formal garden landscaping. Instead, all of the grasses, perennials, bulbs and plants will be mixed in together, just like in nature, where plants interact and support one another.”