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2010 Activities at Amherst State Park

    As part of the on going expansion of the Arboretum at Amherst State Park a number of volunteers met on Saturday September 4, 2010 and Sunday September 5, 2010 at the “Slope”. This is the area where we planted the daffodil bulbs last year. This year over fifty hardy perennials were planted on the slope in between the beds of daffodils. The perennials that were selected are varieties which are for the most part native to New York. The planned theme of the slope area is to be a natural looking area.

Planting on the Slope Area

Front Entrance Planting October 2010

    Amherst State Park’s front entrance on Mill Street. The pink arrows in the picture below point towards the three flower beds that are being developed  at the front entrance of Amherst State Park. This fall over 4,500 spring flowering bulbs were planted in these three beds. In the spring of 2011 flowering perennials are going to be planted in these flower beds. This will provide for a display of year around color at the front entrance.

Spring Bulbs Planted in the Front Entrance Beds

Plant Name



Allium caeruleum ‘azarim‘

Allium hollandicum

Allium moly

Allium Sphaerocephalon

Anemone blanda


Iris hollandica

Iris hollandica

Iris hollandica

Lxiolirion tartaricum

Hyacinthoides hispanica



Common Name

Allium Roseum

Hardy Delights Mountain Bell Mixture

Allium Blue

Purple Sensation Allium

Sunny Twinkles Allium

Drumstick Allium

Grecian Windflowers

Daffodil Decoy

Autumn Princess

Discovery Dutch Iris

Dutch Iris Mixture

Lavender Mountain Lilies

Wood Hyacinth Mixture

Daffodil Mount Hood

Butterfly Narcissus Mixture

    The pictures in the Front Entrance Planting Photo Album show the three beds being prepared and planted.  On October 4th the Amherst Parks Division, along with Lois, Pete and Jerry, came out to prepare the beds for planting. The beds were first rototilled, weed block was put on the beds, and then a layer of soil was applied to hold the weed block in place. Durning the next week crews the Amherst Parks Division made many trips to the park with loads of soil to build up the beds. They also added a thick layer of compost on top of the soil.

    The bulbs were ordered by the Town of Amherst. While the flower beds were being prepared,  Lois spent many hours laying out planting diagrams for the numerous bulbs to be planted. On Thursday October 21 Lois came out to the beds and put down the white lines to show where the different bulbs were to be planted. Jerry suggested using flour for the lines and it worked great.

    Many Arboretum volunteers came out to the park on Saturday October 23 to plant the bulbs. Because about 500 of the bulbs did not arrive on time, a second smaller planting session by Arboretum volunteers occurred on October 30.


Amherst Bee

October 27, 2010

Photo by Jim Smerecak

     Arboretum volunteers, Maggie Weichert, 10    left, A.J. Hasse, 10, and Michelle Haperman plant daffodil bulbs Saturday at the entrance of Amherst State Park

Perennials Planted on the Slope

Plant Name




Echinacea purpurea

Echinacea purpurea

Eupatorium maculatum





Lobelia Siphilitica



Phlox Paniculata

Phlox Paniculata

Phlox Paniculata

Rudbeckia fulgida


Rudbeckia hirta

Rudbeckia Maxima

Rudbeckia subtomentosa

Common Name

Purple Aster

Deep Pink Aster

Butterfly Weed

Coneflower “Firebird”

Coneflower “Ruby Star”

Joe-Pie Weed “Gateway”

Blanket Flower “Dazzler”

Sneeze Weed “Rudy Tuesday”

“Loraine Sunshine”

Shasta Daisy “Phyllis Smith”

Cardinal Flower “Blue”

Beebalm “Jacob Cline”


“Blue Boy”

“Bright Eyes” (pink)

“David” (white)

Black-Eyed Susan “Goldsturm”

“Giant Burnet”

“Irish Eyes”

“Great Coneflower”, “Giant Coneflower”

Sweet Black-Eyed Susan “Henry Eilers”

   The pictures in the Slope Area Planting Photo Album show the perennials before they where planted and the arboretum volunteers planting them. The Town of Amherst Highway Department delivered a load of compost. This compost was used to help get them started and to outline the beds in which they where planted.

    On October 28, 2010 another 170 daffodil bulbs where planted on the slope, west of the road. 1500 daffodils where planted there in 2009. This extends the flower beds on this side of the road father to the west. The three pictures below show the new daffodil beds. Compost left over from the earlier perennial planting was put on some of the new beds.

 Front Entrance Planting Photo Album go heregallery/Pages/Front_Entrance_Beds.html
Slope Area Planting Photo Album go heregallery/Pages/Slope_Planting_2010.html