Wilma Gregory Oak Leaf HydrangeasWilma Gregory Oak Leaf Hydrangeas planted above the tunnel along with native mountain mint.


Wilma Gregory, one of the early members of Tuckaleechee Garden Club when it was founded in the 1980s, generously donated Oak Leaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) from her beautiful garden to the Townsend River Walk and Arboretum. We are honored for her hydrangeas to become a permanent feature at the TRWA. 

The hydrangeas were planted around the steep hill of the tunnel entrance to the TRWA.  To compliment and fill in around the oakleaf hydrangeas we also planted our native Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum muticum).   It is a bit of a mess now but the hydrangeas and mountain mint are growing and by next years should look great! 

The hillside is currently planted in grass and weeds and cut weekly by the City of Townsend.  Our plan is to replace all the grass on the hillside with native plants to be become our new Pollinator Garden the will no longer require the City to mow. .  That project is underway and will continue in to next year.