The idea that you can just sprinkle a can of wildflower seeds over bare or grassy ground to start a sustainable meadow is just not true.
“The idea that you can just sprinkle a can of wildflower seeds over bare or grassy ground to start a sustainable meadow is just not true,” said Cathy Neal, Cooperative Extension professor and nursery/landscape horticulture specialist. For several years, Neal and her colleague, Merrimack County field specialist Amy Papineau, have worked at the Woodman Research Farm, part of UNH’s Agriculture Experiment Station (AES), to come up with the right wildflower species and combinations best suited for New Hampshire’s variable weather and soil. “I wanted to figure out the best and most cost effective ways to establish and maintain small meadow areas as part of my overall program focus on sustainable landscapes.”
Cathy Neal at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is spearheading work on understanding New England meadows. Research Assistant Amy Papineau is co-author on a number of extension publications sharing the knowledge they’ve developed.
Wildflowers for New England Meadows and Pollinator Plantings
Recognizing Wildflowers of New England Meadows
Online, interactive guide to recognize New England meadow plants before flowering. http://extension.unh.edu/Wildflower-Guide-Page1