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Monument Park Revitalization Project

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Art by Becca Goldman

Pardon our dirt! Invasive plant species and weeds have taken over the garden beds surrounding the monument and the adjacent plaza in Monument Park. The monument, the plaza, and the park will be in the national spotlight in 2026, the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

As the monument reflects a moment of shared American heritage, it should also reflect our state’s natural heritage with native plants and flowers. Likewise, it should showcase our community’s commitment to stewarding public spaces of recreation and refuge.

Our vision for the native garden surrounding the monument is to create a vibrant display of our region’s natural heritage while promoting ecological awareness. This new garden will be 1008 square feet of native plants and shrubs to showcase the diversity of our local ecosystems, ensuring both aesthetic appeal and ecological significance.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:

Revitalize the garden beds to make the plaza a beautiful attraction in time for the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

The improvements would serve as an educational demonstration space for the public to learn about local biodiversity and the role that native plants play in maintaining our ecosystem.

WildLawn®

WildLawn® is the extremely competent team we have entrusted to bring this project to life. With twenty years of experience in native plants and ecological restoration, WildLawn® will be bringing an authentic native habitat to downtown Princeton. Learn more about them here

MPR flowers
Art by Becca Goldman

Timeline

WildLawn® started work on preparing the garden beds on May 2. In early June, planting will begin so that with regular maintenance checks over the next 2 years, the garden will be thriving by 2026. 

Plant List

  • Nodding onion or Lady’s Leek (Allium cernuum)
  • Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa
  • Mouse ear or chickweed (Cerastium arvense var. velutinum)
  • Golden tickseed (Coreopsis tinctoria)
  • Bottlebrush grass (Elymus hystrix)
  • Purple love grass (Eragrostis spectabilis)
  • Robin’s plantain or blue spring daisy (Erigeron pulchellus
  • White wood aster (Eurybia divaricata)
  • Wild geranium (Geranium maculatum
  • Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
  • St. John’s wort (Hypericum prolificum
  • Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
  • Blue cardinal flower (Lobelia siphilitica)
  • Wild lily of the valley (Maianthemum candensis)
  • Golden ragwort (Packera aurea)
  • Round-leaf ragwort (Packera obovata)
  • Foxglove beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
  • Hairy beardtongue (Penstemon hirsutus)
  • Wild phlox (Phlox divaricata)
  • Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)
  • Lyreleaf sage (Salvia lyrata)
  • Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
  • Broadleaf goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)
  • Downy goldenrod (Solidago puberula)
  • Elmleaf goldenrod (Solidago ulmifolia)
  • Blue wood aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium)
  • Smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)
  • Aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)
  • Heart-leaved foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)
  • Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum)
  • Common blue violet (Viola sororia)

Thank you to our donors

This monumental project is made possible by our generous donors who gave $2,026 or more.

  • Eve Coulson and Nelson Obus
  • Ed Matthews and Vilma Keri
  • Sarah Ringer
  • Joanna and William Storrar
  • Daphne A. Townsend
  • Gail Ullman
  • Center of Theological Inquiry
  • Dobson Family Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation
  • Friends of Princeton Open Space
  • The Garden Club of Princeton
  • George H. and Estelle M. Sands Foundation