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More Guerrilla Gardening Opportunities: “Save Some Plants for Hillsdale”

Posted April 2, 2020

Thanks to COVID-19 and social distancing, many planned events in Hillsdale have been shelved for now. One event that has fallen victim to the virus is the Hillsdale Community Foundation’s Plant Swap and Donation. Originally planned for April 5, the event has transitioned into the “Save Some Plants for Hillsdale” campaign.

The sidewalk beds along Capitol Highway in Hillsdale are in need of replanting. Here’s how you can help: If spring chores in your garden include thinning plants that have overgrown their assigned spaces, save some of your thinnings to shelter in place, tucked into the soil in similar light and watering condition until we can all safely gather again.

Save these plants for Hillsdale:

Abelia x grandiflora ‘Prostrata’

Aster subspicata (Douglas Aster)

Berberis nervosa (Dwarf/Cascade Oregon Grape)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese Barberry): small varieties such as ‘Crimson Pygmy, ‘Gold Nugget,’ or ‘Kobold’

Festuca glauca (Blue Oatgrass/Blue Fescue)

Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo): small varieties (to 2’) such as ‘Fire Power,’ ‘Woods Dwarf,’ ‘Harbor Dwarf,’ or ‘Harbor Bell’

Seeds: Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)

For more information, email Amy Houchen (, chair of the HCF Gardening Committee. Learn more about the Hillsdale Community Foundation at

Is gardening on your list of social distancing activities? Tell us about it.



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