The gardens on the Elmwood Road side of the Narberth Train Station had become an eyesore with no one tending to them. In 2009, Marie Kelly, (a N.I.C.E volunteer, Narberth Area Garden Club member and graduate of the demanding Barnes Arboretum horticultural training program), single-handedly took on the garden on the left side of the path facing the station and made it into a breathtaking perennial garden. A few years later, in 2012, Garden Club members Wendy White and Ellen Briggs, became so impressed with her beautiful garden that they took on garden on the other side of the path. That garden was choked with a very tough weed called nut sedge and also a lot of debris such as black plastic mulch, white marble chips, old cables, etc. We are extremely proud to say that, although more than one expert advised us that it is impossible to get rid of well entrenched nut sedge without use of a chemical pesticide, we eradicated it by hand digging–no pesticides were used, even organic ones.
We hand picked out all the other foreign objects buried in the garden and then planted a butterfly garden which included host and nectar plants for Monarch butterflies (as well as plants for other types of butterfly). We received certification as a Monarch Waystation (which we considered very appropriate to the commuter train station where the garden is located!!) in 2014.
Throughout, the project has been financially and morally supported by N.I.C.E (the Narberth Improvement and Clean-up Endeavor), so the gardens are a joint project of Narberth Area Garden Club and N.I.C.E. See below for a gallery of the gardens over time: