Pump House before

The Pump House before Beautification

Beautification pump house
Image by Martha Gioumousis

Early spring 2017 view of the Pump House.

Daffodils and Star Magnolia
Image by Martha Gioumousis

Daffodils and Star Magnolia in early spring at the Pump House

The Pump House in summer bloom
Image by Martha Gioumousis

The Pump House in summer bloom

The Pump House in summer bloom
Image by Martha Gioumousis

The Pump House in summer bloom

The Pump House

This small brick building with green and copper trim on Wood St. across from Tops and the Skate Park is a City of Ithaca Water and Sewer facility. The planting area was started in 2014 with daffodils, tulips, Lilies, Hollyhocks and includes many native and pollinator plants.

These plants are intentionally left standing through the fall and winter to aid in beneficial insects overwintering in the stems, and are cut back in the spring.

The Pump House has been adopted by NYSEG since 2015, providing plants, sculpture, a Star Magnolia tree, trellises, a bird house, a garden bench and garden care.

Perennials include:

Pycnanthemum Mountain Mint

Liatris spicata

Lupine

Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot

Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina'

Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly weed

Asclepias incarnate Swamp Milkweed

Echinacea

Hosta

Mullein

Penstemon barbatus 'Navigator' Beardtongue

Scabiosa

Last updated February 13, 2020