Planting a wet meadow for Malletts Creek. credit: Buhr Park Children's Wet Meadow

The third wet meadow at Buhr Park in Ann Arbor will be planted this weekend on Sunday, May 23rd, with a day of activities for kids and adults. Planting begins at 10AM. See the day’s schedule and other details about this special project at the Buhr Park Children’s Wet Meadow website. Come help this enthusiastic group of Malletts Creek stewards get 3,000 native plants into the ground.

The Buhr Park Children’s Wet Meadow is a group of wet meadow ecosystems in Ann Arbor’s Buhr Park. The wet meadows provide a habitat for native plants and animals, an attractive educational site for children, neighbors and other visitors, and an environmental filter for stormwater runoff from the park grounds.

Wet meadows are essentially large rain gardens. They capture water from rain and melting snow. They are full of native plants that use the water to grow. The plants have flowers that are used by butterflies and seeds that are eaten by birds. Usually the ground in the wet meadows is damp and squishy, like a damp sponge.

The original wet meadow was planted in 1997, and wet meadow II was planted in 2004.