Visitation Relief Center – Jersey-Friendly Yards

Visitation Relief Center is a nonprofit community outreach center formed by members of the community in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The land in the backyard is cultivated as a vegetable garden to provide food for the community. This project focused on landscaping the front yard with native shrubs and colorful flowering perennials that support pollinators. The staff at the Visitation Relief Center wanted to use the front yard as recreational space for relaxation and enjoyment, and as an educational forum.

The Jersey-Friendly Yards website was used to select shrubs and perennials that grow well in sandy, slightly acidic soil in full or partial sun. Shrubs were planted along the back fence as a privacy border and to provide a green vegetative backdrop to the landscape. Grasses and hardy perennials able to withstand snow-pack and deicing salt were planted along the curb near the parking lot. A path was created through the landscape and a small butterfly garden was installed to provide seasonal color. Picnic tables were placed within the garden area.


Blue Giant Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum), Blue Wild Indigo (Baptisia australis), Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Purple Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinium), Lanceleaf Tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpureum), Purple Joe-Pye (Eutrochium purpureum), False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides), Blazing Star (Liatris spicata), Sundial Lupine (Lupinus perennis), Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis), Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum muticum), Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida), Seaside Goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens), New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)


Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia), Northern Bayberry (Morella pensylvanica), Beach Plum (Prunus maritima), Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium coryumbosum), Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum).




Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

Ocean County Soil Conservation District
714 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 971-7002