Cajun Prairie Inspired Meadow
Our new meadow is coming into bloom. Please fight the temptation
to pick a bouquet so that others can enjoy the flowers, too.
After years of planning our dream for having a Cajun Prairie inspired meadow, it is being realized in 2020. The 3-acre meadow is divided into four areas (A-D) with mowed grass walking paths to allow visitors to experience a rich diversity of native annual and perennial flowers in a patchwork of grasses. Hydric swales, located on the perimeter of the four meadow areas delineate the four meadow spaces, provide drainage, and a unique growing environment for plants to grow that thrive in wet/moist conditions. An earthen amphitheater anchors the northwest corner of the meadow where visitors can sit back and enjoy a bird’s eye view, take photographs, read a book or enjoy a picnic lunch.
Keep in mind the meadows are still in their infancy. The management plan includes removing invasive plants as identified and needed. To manage the woody growth and cut down the grasses at the end of the growing season, bush-hogging is implemented once a year in December after additional meadow seeds are planted. The cutting process settles the seeds to the ground and the cut grass acts as mulch bedding down the seeds until germination in the spring. Volunteers called the Meadow Keepers, students from the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, collect seeds from other Cajun Prairies around the state and plant them in the meadow. Dr. Charles Allen, one of the foremost experts on Cajun prairies in the State is guiding the development and maintenance strategy, and says it will take ten years for the planting to reach maturity.
Spring is here and insects are buzzing! Butterflies are flying! Birds are nesting! Visit often to watch the meadow grow and flourish with the changing seasons and years.
Plains Coreopsis, Coreopsis tinctoria
Partridge Pea, Chamaerista fasciculate
Blue Mist Flower, Ageratum
Swamp Sunflower, Helianthus angustifolius
Virginia Crownbeard, Verbesina virginica
Protect our meadows.
Take only pictures and leave only footprints on the prairie stroll pathways.