The Montgomery Museum Native Habitat Garden is:
The upper area of the garden was started in 1989 by the New River Valley Master Gardeners as a perennial/herb garden. The lower native garden was started by Beth Umberger in 2008 and blended into the upper garden.
Paths lead through the garden to different plant communities. The garden is still being developed and some beds have invasive plants that as they are removed are replaced with native plants. Many of the shrubs and trees planted are still young and have not reached their full potential. New species are being added each year. New paths are being established and steps will be built to the lower garden.
Historic bricks manufactured in Chilhowie, Virginia that were used for sidewalks in Christiansburg have been re-used to create a pathway in the upper garden.
Many community volunteers have helped to build and maintain the garden. Volunteers and donation of plants are the sole resource for the garden.
To volunteer contact Beth Umberger at Megachille300@gmail.com
- Please park on the street, not on the driveway
- Tables and benches are available for sharing a meal
- There are no restrooms
- Open dawn to dusk: come anytime to walk in the garden or to eat lunch at the outdoor tables.
- Leashed dogs that leave nothing behind are welcome
- Garden workshops,
- Guided walks
- Such as Museum Garden and local Christiansburg locations: Kiwanis Park, Depot Park, or Private properties with native habitats
Some helpful links:
- New River Valley Master Gardeners
- Virginia Native Plant Society
- Virginia Wildflower Blog
- NRV Plant Natives
- Doug Tallamy’s Hub
- Douglas Tallamy is an American entomologist, ecologist and conservationist. He is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He has written and co-authored several books, as well as many papers.