Butterfly Gardens at the Gloucester HarborWalk

Gus Foote Gloucester HarborWalk Garden © Kim Smith 2012 copyWorking in collaboration with architect Chris Muskopf from Cambridge Seven Associates, I designed the gardens for the award-winning Gloucester HarborWalk.

Joe-Pye hellenium Gloucester HarborWalk Kim Smith 2012Hellenium and Baby Joe-pye

My design intention was to help further the vision of Cambridge Seven Associates and the city’s planners to join the diverse areas that comprise the HarborWalk into a cohesive, functional, attractive, and educational walkway. Additionally, I designed the gardens to be low-maintenance habitats to benefit pollinators.

My focus remains on beautiful plantings indigenous to Cape Ann and North America that provide sustenance for birds, bees, and butterflies, while also creating four seasons of interest.

Great Spangled Fritillary Coneflower Gloucester harborwalk ©Kim Smith 2012 copyGreat Spangled Fritillary Nectaring at the Coneflowers, Gloucester HarborWalk

Of particular note and a major component of the horticultural master plan are habitats created to help support the migratory species of birds and butterflies that travel annually through the region. Cape Ann lies within a largely unrestricted north-south corridor for migratory species of birds and insects and, in particular, Gloucester’s easternmost point is a unique and important destination along the Monarch Butterflies annual fall migration.

Monarch Butterfly Seaside Goldenrod Gloucester HarborWalk Kim Smith 2012Monarch Butterfly Nectaring at Seaside Goldenrod at the Gloucester HarborWalk Gardens During the Monarchs Annual Fall Migration

Visitors to the garden gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between native wildflowers and pollinators.

Seaside Goldenrod Autumn Gloucester Harborwalk ©Kim Smith 2012Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

Through showcasing the natural beauty of the HarborWalk Garden’s wildflowers and pollinators, visitors are inspired to locate and identify the tremendous wealth of flora and fauna found on Cape Ann and to translate that information to their own gardens.

Tulip Poplar Gloucester MAThe tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) planted at St. Peter’s Square were selected not only for their great beauty and because they are excellent shade trees, but because of their historical significance relative to Gloucester. Tulip poplar is the primary wood used in the nation’s premier organ building studio, Gloucester’s own CB Fisk, and remains today the wood of choice for ship masts. The foliage of the tulip tree is one of the caterpillar food plants of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly.

Gloucester HarborWalk Magnolia virginiana ©Kim Smith 2012 copyMagnolia virginiana

The Magnolia viginiana planted at the I4-C2 Connector Garden is also one of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar’s food plants, as well as the food plant for the stunning Cecropia moth. Magnolia virginiana, like much of the flora growing throughout New England, was nearly collected to extinction. For this reason, the New England Wildflower Society was founded in 1900 to educate, promote, and conserve the region’s native flowering shrubs, trees, wildflowers, and ferns.

Cecropia Moth male Magnolia virginiana ©Kim SmithMale Cecropia Moth on the Foliage of Magnolia virginiana

Veronicastrum virginicum Culver's Root IGloucester HarborWalk Gardens. ©Kim Smith 2013Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginicum) at the Gloucester HarborWalk Gardens

Links to posts about the Butterfly Gardens at the Gloucester HarborWalk ~

The Gloucester HarborWalk Receives Yet Another Prestigious Award

Gloucester HarborWalk Gus Foote Dedication

Gloucester HarborWalk Tulip Tree Image to Travel Around the World

Come Join Me for a Tour of the Butterfly gardens at the Gloucester HarborWalk

Wintry HarborWalk at Dawn

Before and After Photos of the Gloucester HarborWalk

Beauty in Gloucester

Johnny Linville and Friends of the HighLine

Visiting Liv in Brooklyn: Gardens at the HighLine, Battery Park, and the Bosque

Welcome Tulip Trees!

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Before Photos ~

I4-C2 Gloucester HarborWalk Garden -2 © Kim Smith

I4-C2 Gloucester HarborWalk Garden © Kim Smith 2012I4-C2 Gloucester HarborWalk Garden © Kim Smith © Kim Smith Photo 2012 copy

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Seaside Goldenrod Gloucester harborwalk ©Kim Smith 2012Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens)

Purple Prairie Clover Dalea purpurea Gloucester HarborWalk Garden © Kim Smith 2013Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea) Gloucester HarborWalk Garden

Coneflower Bee Gloucester HarborWalk Kim Smith 2013Myriad Species of Native Bees Nectar from the HarborWalk’s Wildflowers

Join Friends of the HarborWalk!

If you would like to learn more about the Friends of HarborWalk or be contacted for volunteer opportunities please email: gharborwalk@gmail.com, subject line ghwalk. I am going to be giving lots of talks about wildflowers and butterflies for members and while volunteering, it will be a great opportunity to become better acquainted with the flora and fauna found in our region. For more information about the HarborWalk, visit the website at Gloucester HarborWalk.

 

2 thoughts on “Butterfly Gardens at the Gloucester HarborWalk

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  2. lise

    What a transformation or, shall we say, a metamorphosis resulting in the coherent scattering of light. Thank you!

    Reply

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