Native species of plants makes way for the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s campus planters

Pitt Johnstown 2020: Every year, yet to happen in 2020, the campus planters are planted with flowers usually around May or June of the current year. The planters are located all along the grounds to make sure that the gorgeous colors and smells are spread and enjoyed across the campus. The flowers are purchased and brought to campus from local greenhouses. Some greenhouses included are Southerwood Gardens, Mock’s Greenhouse, and Stuver’s Riverside Nursery.

In 2020, David Finney remarked that they will be planting the campus planters with combinations of native pollinator-friendly wildflowers. This is all in an effort to beautify campus, not only for current students and staff, but for future Pitt-Johnstown students and families. David Finney writes, “These species of wildflowers have been selected specifically for late summer and fall blooming to coincide with the beginning of the fall 2020 semester.

Flowers of choice include: false aster boltonia asteroids in colors pink, purple, and blue, cardinal flower lobelia cardinalis in a vibrant red, great blue lobelia siphilitica in purple and blue, New England aster symphyotrichum novae-angliae which is a light purple shade, sneezeweed helenium autumnnale is a perfect orange for fall, Showy goldenrod solidago speciose as a golden yellow, and another orange-red flower called orange coneflower rudbeckia fulgida. All the flowers mentioned are native to the area.

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