I need some guidance. I've proposed a project for my community organization here in Germantown to partner with my little farm and some other local institutions to adopt our train station, Wister, and create a true meadow in what is now a totally blighted, overgrown/partially herbicided, giant, SEPTA-owned property. All the technical stuff in terms of permission and paperwork are being worked out, but I'm in a bit over my head because I'm not a landscape designer or a native plants expert and now everybody loves the idea and we want to move forward with it.
I've contacted a few local institutions who could possibly lend some design expertise, but I wanted to cast my net a little wider to see if there's anyone out there who could do any of the following:
1. Direct me to a couple really good resources on the subject, preferably ones that tackle semi-industrial sites rather than home lawn conversions.
2. Share your experience converting a space into a native grasses and wildflower meadow with me via email or however else is convenient.
3. Walk with me out to the site and give your expert opinion on the scope of work.
4. Other things that seem helpful.
I understand that this is an ambitious, long-term sort of project. I'm not terribly idealistic in thinking that we will even begin clearing the space soon, and I know that it will be a number of years before things are even on their way to being meadow-like. But I'd like to start thinking about starting. And would really appreciate any advice, if it's out there on this listserv.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I'm glad this resource exists, and I hope not to clog your inboxes too much. That said, please respond directly to me and not the listserv.