2018-01-12 / Business

Bullstreet Gone Wild

Contributed by Flock and Rally


Sandhills Meadow at Bullstreet by artist Cait Maloney Sandhills Meadow at Bullstreet by artist Cait Maloney The main entrance to the BullStreet District is getting a facelift for the first time in decades, and passengers in the 40,000 cars that pass by the entrance daily will get a glimpse of how the land might have looked a century ago before development.

The entrance at the intersection of Bull Street and Elmwood Avenue is being restored as a “Sandhills Meadow,” showcasing heirloom and native plants, wildflowers and grasses, most all perennials, which have adapted to the Midlands’ sandhills environment. Learn more at bullstreetsc.com/ bullstreet- sand hills-meadow.

Plantings include a living fence made of Carolina jessamine (a.k.a. yellow jessamine, the S.C. state flower), as well as beds featuring silver blueberry, giant sea holly, Milk and Wine and Orange River crinum lilies, jonquils, cord grass, switchgrass, blue salvia, red hibiscus, evening primrose, climbing Carolina aster, sensitive vine, toadflax, heliotrope, swamp sunflower and more.


Jenks Farmer, horticulturist who will plant and establish the entranceway of Bullstreet. He is holding a crinum lily 
Photo by Lonnie Webster Jenks Farmer, horticulturist who will plant and establish the entranceway of Bullstreet. He is holding a crinum lily Photo by Lonnie Webster The entrance’s naturalistic plantings, which are environmentally friendly and will provide natural beauty as they flower and flourish this spring, summer, fall, and beyond, are intended as a model for the BullStreet District’s future public spaces, including the 20-acre park and pond now under construction.

“In every facet, the BullStreet District honors the past as we build toward the future, so naturalistic landscaping is a logical extension of that idea,” said Robert Hughes, president of Hughes Development Corporation. “It’s the environmentally responsible thing to do, and we hope to attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife to their natural sources of food.”


Orange river crinum lily Orange river crinum lily Hughes has commissioned noted horticulturist Augustus Jenkins Farmer III to plant and establish the entranceway, in deference to the conscientious, New Urbanist principles that are driving the neighborhood’s 20-year development timeline.

An eighth generation South Carolinian, “Jenks” Farmer is a renaissance plantsman who has been featured in the New York Times, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, and the Dallas Morning News. Author of the 2014 Timber Press book, Deep Rooted Wisdom; Lessons from Generations of Gardeners, Farmer led teams to plant and establish the vision for two of South Carolina’s major botanical gardens, Riverbanks Botanical Garden and Moore Farms Botanical Garden, as well as the gardens at the historic Seibels House in Columbia, S.C., and he served on the design team at Colonial Lake in Charleston, S.C.

“It makes me proud to see naturalistic planting prioritized right in the heart of Columbia,” Farmer said. “This is a chance to bring back what was here many years ago, before the hospital campus was developed. This is exactly the opposite of monoculture, in which everything is planted in straight lines, a remnant of formal garden landscaping. Instead, all of the grasses, perennials, bulbs, and plants will be mixed in together— just like in nature, where plants interact and support one another.” he said.

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