Aquatic Planting Day

September 10, 2011 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Free admission to the sculpture garden for volunteer aquatic gardeners!

Bring your spade and your green thumb. Join aquatic-biologist-in-residence Christine Kozik as she plants several hundred aquatic plants around Little Lake and talks about her restoration project. Kozik has been working all summer on the shallow pond, coming up with sustainable ways to control the algae blooms without obscuring the original design. At Lynden, we are constantly balancing the aesthetic imperative—our desire to maintain the landscape that Harry and Peg Bradley created—with our commitment to sustainability. The pond has been excavated and filled with new gravel, work is underway on a recirculation pump, and now it’s time to restore the shoreline. Aquatic plants will trap nutrients while shading the lake bottom, reducing the surface area on which bottom-loving algae can grow. These plants not only provide essential habitat for wildlife (frogs, turtles, some birds), but also stabilize the shoreline and provide a barrier to the organic matter that blows in from the lawn. All plants will be native to Wisconsin and raised locally to maintain the ecological integrity of Little Lake.

More information about the Little Lake restoration project here.

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