Q: May Fryfogel Tavern be rented for family events?
A: Thank you for your interest in renting Fryfogel Tavern for a family event. We regret that we are unable to rent the tavern to you at this time. We are embarking on a program to restore the interior of the building so that it could be made available to families and community groups in the future. Many families held wedding receptions at the tavern in years gone by. The tavern will remain closed this winter. We hold open houses during the summer months and hope you will drop by to see us and tour the tavern in the coming year. — John Crabb, Communications Director, Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation.
Q: Why is the pollinator garden so close to highway 7/8?
A: I wanted to take it right to the highway. The idea is to encourage land owners to turn their highway edges into pollinator-friendly plantings. We want to encourage landowners to plant milkweed and other pollinator-friendly plants along their ditches and road-edges. Such plantings will create long corridors of growth through wasted habitat. Lady Bird Johnston promoted this approach in Texas and other communities throughout the United States many years ago.
We located the pollinator garden where it is exposed to a fair amount of sunlight not available elsewhere on a site that is primarily wooded. We do have an open wet meadow in the valley along the creek running through the property that is a natural pollinator-friendly site that each spring is full of Joe Pye Weed, Asters, Goldenrod, and Skunk Cabbage. This is the “natural” pollinator friendly patch on our site.
— Jane Eligh-Feryn, Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation resident landscape designer, gardener and educator.
(Editor’s note: It’s worth noting here that native trees, plants, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses planted along the Avon watershed have helped improve water quality of the Avon River — home to some 34 species of fish including small mouth bass. Community groups, schools and local businesses have planted thousands of trees over many years in an ongoing effort to preserve this vital habitat.)