On August 22, 2019 we had a successful open house style tour of the riparian (riverbank) area on the Elbow River that we restored to fuller function in fall 2018. The wide variety of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers are doing very well & growing nicely since the spring this year.

Approximately 20 visitors dropped by to learn about the project, why we removed the Kentucky Bluegrass from part of this section of riverbank, and planted riparian plants there instead. We also discussed our plans for Phase 2 for this year, to replant another site on the Elbow River. For more information on this project, click here.

Phase 1 Riverbank Makeover Site

This site was chosen based on three main conditions: 1) the suitability of the riparian zone (low slope, area in need of more varied, deep-rooted vegetation, 2) willingness of the homeowner to participate, 3) accessibility of the site for monitoring over a 3 year period. See below for the “before” and “after” pictures & graphic of the design.

Riverbank Makeover Phase 1 – “Before” and “After” photos, top photos from across the Elbow River, and bottom photos on site, looking upstream
“Before” condition of Riverbank Makeover Phase 1 property on Elbow River
“After” condition of Riverbank Makeover Phase 1 property on Elbow River
Legend for Riverbank Makeover Phase 1 plants in “After” condition

Fortunately the rain held off for most of the evening, but a downpour started about 20 minutes before we were due to pack up. Luckily we had our event tent set up to shelter the last 8 guests (and 3 dogs) from the rain until it tapered off to some degree.

Awaiting the end of the downpour under the tent

Phase 2 Riverbank Makeover Site

The riparian restoration site for the Riverbank Makeover Phase 2 in 2019 has been selected and we have tentatively set a planting date for September 17. If you are interested in helping out as a volunteer gardener, please contact us as you would more than welcome to join us! Email us at: [email protected] for more details. See below for the current “before” condition of the Phase 2 site, and the planned layout for re-planting it in September this year.

Riverbank Makeover Phase 2 – 2019 Site “Before” Restoration
Riverbank Makeover Phase 2 – 2019 Planting Design

Riverbank Makeover Phase 2 – 2019 Planting Design Legend