The Practical Prairie
Welcome. It’s fortunate you’ve chosen the path that’s led you here…..
I’m Wayne Oliver, and I’d like to welcome you to “THE Practical Prairie”, a journal I’m writing to document the creation of River Bend Gardens. The design of the gardens will be a blend of preservation, restoration, and recreation of natural communities with native plants. While I’m happy to share the lessons learned from restoring hay fields to tallgrass, my primary aspiration for this journal is capturing the spirit of the gardens for my children. John James Audubon said, “a true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children”. I’m the proud father of five, and with the support of my wife Julie, we’re motivated by love for our children and this land to protect a legacy for them….and their children.
For the readers who’ve found themselves on this garden’s path, I hope my writing is as informative as it is interesting regardless if you’re a gardener or naturalist who appreciates the beauty of the effort. If you’re a gardener, I intend on offering a pragmatic approach to recreating a prairie from an agricultural field that will provide valuable insight to planting a bed of natives in the yard.